MNA opens new routes to western Rakhine State
UPON the opening of a new airport in Manaung, Rakhine State, Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) launched its maiden flights to several destinations in western Rakhine State.
Manaung Airport (Samonete), which was recently upgraded to include a 2000-foot runway, was opened yesterday. Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Mya Aung and other officials attended the opening ceremony, which also introduced the new Yangon-Manaung-Kyaukphyu-Sittway route and a new Grand Caravan Cessna aircraft.
The airport, whose runway is 4,000 feet long and 100 feet wide, was constructed at a cost of nearly K4.2 billion (US$3.2 million).
There are plans to extend the runway another 3,000 feet.
Flights on the new route are scheduled every Monday and Friday. MNA has also offered chartered flights to the aforementioned destinations, offering aerial views of beautiful beaches along the Rakhine coast.
MNA aims to provide easy travel options to the Rakhine State, where local people are currently relying on waterways to travel between towns.—GNLM