Government readies Bagan’s airport for international flights

Government readies Bagan’s airport for international flights

Image result for baganThe government is preparing Bagan’s Nyaung-U airport to handle international flights, as the authorities hope to welcome tourists from Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said.Facilities at the airport are being improved, including the runway, to handle foreign visitors on foreign charter planes, the ministry said.

Entries and exits, and toilets will be upgraded to international standards, while X-ray machines are being installed to enable customs, immigration and quarantine to handle international charter flights, said the ministry.Negotiations have been made for direct charter flights between Bagan and Siem Reap, with Vice President U Henry Van Thio leading the Myanmar team as chair of the National Tourism Development Central Committee.

The Bagan-Siem Reap flight is likely to be a part of a Northern Buddhism Package tour that links ASEAN countries.In November 2017, Myanmar and Cambodia signed an agreement to promote travel by granting visitors visas on arrival.On average, three million tourists visit Angkor Wat and some 300,000 visitors come to Bagan every year.Tourism executives expect more visitors to come to Bagan if there is a direct flight between the two countries.Dubai-based Emirates Airline began a Yangon-Phnom Penh flight in 2017 but discontinued it last year due to low traffic.

Source: Myanmar Times 


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