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Sri Lanka-Myanmar explore the establishment of direct air connectivity

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is in talks with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), a private carrier based in Myanmar to establish direct air connectivity between the two countries, a press release issued by Colombo’s Embassy in Myanmar said.

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar Dr Nalin de Silva had stressed the importance of cultural and historical ties between Sri Lanka and Myanmar in a meeting held with the top management of MAI.

Chief Executive Officer Saravanan Ramasamy and Chief Commercial Officer Tanes Kumar represented MAI in the discussion.

De Silva highlighted the importance of direct air connectivity in promoting tourism in both countries the statement issued by his office said.

According to the release travellers between the two countries spend considerable time at transits while the flight time is just less than 3 hours.

De Silva has also assured that there would be sizeable traffic up and down between these two destinations due to historical, cultural, and religious ties.

The discussion also explored the possibility of having a circuit connecting Colombo-Yangon-Bodhgaya or Colombo-Yangon-Kathmandu with the view of “gaining economic benefit out of the religious significance of these countries” to their respective markets.

The CEO of MAI has agreed to conduct feasibility studies on the viability of the proposal as a part of their post COVID development plan the statement said.

According to FlightClobal.com MAI is not the region’s “biggest or most famous carrier, operating a pair of Airbus A319s and a single A320 from its Yangon base. The airline’s fourth aircraft, another A319, is grounded.”

Tourism and air travel, in general, is highly restricted around the world due to the rules imposed on flights by health authorities due to the COVID pandemic.

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(Colombo/Aug10/2020) Reported by Mahadiya Hamza