Cambodia’s JC International Airlines will soon launch the first direct flight from Phnom Penh to Yangon in Myanmar.
The inaugural flight of the Phnom Penh-Yangon service will take off August 15, according to international media reports.
It will be the first time that Yangon, Myanmar’s business capital, and Cambodia’s capital city will be directly linked by air.
Several other airlines are flying between Phnom Penh and Yangon, but they go through a third country before arriving at their destination.
There has been talk of directly linking Bagan and Siem Reap by air, but this has yet to be realised. Bagan and Siem Reap are the leading tourist destinations in Myanmar and Cambodia.
The Phnom Penh-Yangon service will start with three flights a week – on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Flights will depart from Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:00 am and arrive at Yangon International Airport around 10:30 am. They will then depart Yangon at 11:30 am and arrive back at Phnom Penh around 2 pm.
The new Phnom Penh-Yangon flights are expected to boost tourism and commercial ties between the two countries.
The value of trade between the two countries currently stands at $10 million but could increase drastically with the direct flight.
Cambodian tourism data shows that 22,500 Burmese visited the Kingdom in 2018.
Founded in 2014, JC Airlines operates both domestic and international flights. The airline flies to Taipei (Taiwan), Macau, and many provinces and cities in China, including Chengdu, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, and Yunnan.