AirAsia strengthens northern hub with introduction of new direct flights from Penang to Yangon

SEPANG, 13 JANUARY 2016

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The spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda covered in gold plates and diamonds that illuminates the Yangon skyline.
  • 3x weekly direct flights will connect Penang to Yangon, Myanmar
  • Flight to commence on 22 March 2016
  • Special introductory all-in-fares from as low as RM99* one-way
Another exciting destination awaits travellers from the Northern region of peninsular Malaysia as AirAsia introduces direct flights to connect Penang to Yangon, Myanmar, marking the 7th international destination from the airline’s northern hub.

This new route will have a flight frequency of three times weekly, and commence operations on 22 March 2016.

To celebrate the announcement of this new route, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM99* one-way. Flight bookings can be made online at airasia.com from 13 January through 24 January 2016 and guests will be able to travel from 22 March 2016 until 5 February 2017. Bookings can also be made through AirAsia’s mobile apps on iPhone and Android devices, as well as AirAsia’s mobile site mobile.airasia.com.

Other international connectivity available directly from Penang include flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya and Bangkok.

Flight Schedule for Penang, Malaysia (PEN) – Yangon, Myanmar (RGN):

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Flight Frequency
PEN - RGN AK 1508 1200 1245 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
RGN - PEN AK 1509 1310 1700 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Note: All times depicted are local time at respective destinations.

Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia Berhad says, “We are committed to grow our network and serve the Asean community better, apart from strengthening our secondary hubs in Malaysia. The introduction of this new route from Penang to another IndoChina city reiterates that commitment, as we will also be celebrating the inaugural flight from Penang to Ho Chi Minh City at the end of this month.”

“Yangon, which is Myanmar’s largest city is becoming an increasingly popular leisure destination among travellers in the region. We are confident that the direct connectivity between both cities will stimulate leisure and business activities, as this will be Malaysia’s second direct flight into Yangon,” Spencer adds.

Formerly known as ‘Rangoon’ and a former capital of Myanmar, Yangon has a distinctive atmosphere that is set to captivate the hearts of travellers. The faded charm of the colonial quarters that once represented the height and grandeur of colonialism intertwined with an abundance of spectacular pagodas such as the Shwedagon Pagoda; covered with hundreds of gold plates and diamonds. No visit to Yangon is complete without a glimpse into local life as you join the legion of friendly office workers for breakfast with a comforting bowl of Ohn no Khao Swè (Chicken Coconut Noodle Soup), making the experience to the city as authentic as possible.

The journey further out of the city is as much an adventure as the country itself. Away from westernisation, travellers can make their way to Bagan — take the infamous hot air balloon ride at sunset and slowly float above the Bagan plain which sits over 3000 temples and stupas which are at least 800-years old. This is indeed one of the world’s breathtaking sights and destination to marvel in.

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*Promotional all-in fares quotes are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.