Greater Mekong Sub-Region Gains More Flights in Summer 2016

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Thai won traffic rights to Luang Prabang and Vientiane from Bangkok

Thai AirAsia won traffic rights to Luang Prabang and Vientiane from Bangkok Don Mueang

Summer 2016 sees the addition of many new frequencies from and to GMS destinations as the region becomes increasingly popular not only for leisure travellers but also for business visitors. Two dozens of new routes are due to be launched until September, including some long-haul flights. Among the most exciting additions are Tokyo Narita-Phnom Penh by All Nippon Airways, a decade-long wish from Cambodian tourism authorities to have a non-stop connection to Japan-. Emirates Airlines  is launching non-stop flights from Dubai to Yangon with continuation to Hanoi while Turkish Airlines will also link Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Istanbul. Both carriers offer hundreds of onward connections to the rest of Europe, the Middle East/Africa as well as to North America.

Here is a selection of some of the new flights being offered for IATA summer season running from March 27, 2016 to October 27, 2016.



Phnom Penh-Tokyo Narita                All Nippon Airways      1/09/2016      Daily flight

Siem Reap-Danang                              Cambodia Angkor Air  1/07/2016      Mo, Wed, Fri

Sihanoukville-HCM City                     Cambodia Angkor Air  17/06/2016    Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun



Kunming-Nanjing                              Juneyao Airlines            27/03/2016   Daily

Nanning-Nanjing                               Juneyao Airlines            27/03/2016   Daily

Nanning-Singapore                           Tigerair                           09/06/2016   Four times weekly



Luang Prabang-Bangkok                  Thai AirAsia                 26/03/2016      Daily

Luang Prabang-Kuala Lumpur        AirAsia                          to be confirmed

Vientiane-Attapeu                             Lao Airlines                  09/04/2016      Tue, Sat

Vientiane-Bangkok                            Thai AirAsia                 01/07/2016       Daily

L. Prabang/Vientiane-Singapore     Silk Air                         to be confirmed

Luang Prabang gains from a newly established open-sky policy

Luang Prabang gains from a newly established open-sky policy


Mandalay-Hong Kong                       Hong Kong Express     01/09/2016      Mon, Fri

Yangon-Bangkok                               Thai LionAir                  May or June     Daily

Yangon-Dubai                                     Emirates Airlines         03/08/2016     Daily

Yangon-Hanoi                                     Emirates Airlines         03/08/2016     Daily

Yangon- Hong Kong                           Hong Kong Express     01/09/2016     Mon, Tue, Thur, Sat



Bangkok-Danang                                Bangkok Airways        25/05/2016     Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Bangkok-Jakarta                                Thai LionAir                 05/05/2016    Daily

Bangkok-Siem Reap                           Thai Smile                    Feb. 2016         Ten times weekly

Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Kunming        Thai Airways Int’l        27/03/2016    Thu, Sun

Bangkok-Kochi                                    Thai AirAsia                 17/05/2016     Daily

Bangkok-Shantou                               Thai AirAsia                 27/05/2016     Daily

Chiang Mai-Changsha                        China Southern            21/06/2016     Tue, Thur, Sat

Chiang Mai-Changsha                        Thai AirAsia                 27/05/2016     Daily

Chiang Mai- Mae Hong Son              Bangkok Airways         02/04/2016    Ten times weekly

Hanoi international Airport will gain new direct flights to Dubai and Istanbul.

Hanoi international Airport will gain new direct flights to Dubai and Istanbul.


Hanoi/HCM City-Istanbul                Turkish Airlines          27/06/2016     Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat

Hanoi/Yangon/Dubai                        Emirates Airlines        03/08/2016     Daily

HCM City- Kuala Lumpur                Vietjet                           01/06/2016     Daily

HCM City- Tainan (Taiwan)             Vietjet                          22/06/2016     Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

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