YANGON — Aviation giant Emirates has announced that it will commence a direct air service between Yangon and Phnom Penh, as it makes alterations to its route from Dubai.
The airline said in a statement that after traveling from Dubai to Yangon, their plane will continue to the Cambodian capital as of July 1. The route previously included Hanoi, but there will now be a separate direct route between the Vietnamese capital and Dubai, the airline said.
The flight will depart Dubai at 9:15am, arriving at 5:25pm. It will then depart Yangon at 6:55pm and arrive in Phnom Penh at 9:25pm. The return leg will depart Phnom Penh at 11:10pm, arriving in Yangon at 12:40am, departing again at 2:10am, arriving in Dubai at 5:40am.
Emirates began flying from Dubai to Yangon, then onwards to Hanoi in August last year.
“[Myanmar] is opening up. Business is growing and the government predicts 7.5 million tourists by 2020,” Mr Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates country manager for Thailand, Myanmar and Indochina, said at the time. “When we heard this news, we knew we wanted to do business here.”
Myanmar Airways International previously operated direct flights from Yangon to Phnom Penh and the Cambodian tourist hub of Siem Reap. Both services were suspended indefinitely in 2012 due to lack of demand.