Phuket: Myanmar Airways International (MAI) began operating its Yangon–Phuket route yesterday, targeting migrant workers and long-stay tourists.
On Saturday, MAI introduced at a press briefing its latest direct route from the Myanmar capital Yangon to Phuket.
The event was joined by provincial deputy governor Pichet Panapong, MAI Chief Commercial Officer Tanes Kumar, public officials and entrepreneurs in Phuket.
Sathit Rodnimit, MAI Sales and Marketing Manager, said the flight is operated on Thursdays and Sundays, with a plane arriving at Phuket International Airport at 9.25am and departing at 10.25am.
"Our research indicates that tourists in Phuket have a higher purchasing power," he said. "Moreover, there are legal migrant workers who wish to visit their hometowns in Myanmar."
"Our return to Phuket will meet the demands of various groups of customers," he said.
He said the airline is also targeting foreign tourists in Phuket, such as Europeans.
"The price for a round-trip ticket starts at 6,000 baht with 30kg of checked-in luggage," he said.
"And for migrant workers who want to [return home], a one-way ticket costs 4,700 baht."
According to Mr Pichet, about 47,000 migrant workers in Phuket are undergoing a work permit application process.
He said they are key customers for MAI which will fly reguarly between Yangon and Phuket in the future, adding he also has high hopes for high-income tourists coming from Myanmar.
"Hopefully, [the tourists] will find Phuket as a great destination for holidays," he said.