In a significant development that heralds enhanced connectivity between two nations, Myanmar Airways International has unveiled plans to initiate a direct air route between Myanmar and Russia. This anticipated route will span from Yangon to Mandalay and extend all the way to Novosibirsk.
The long-awaited air route, which is set to commence operations on September 5, 2023, is poised to create a bridge between the bustling cities of Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar and the vibrant Russian city of Novosibirsk. Flights will be operated on every Tuesday and Saturday, offering passengers the convenience of a regular schedule.
The introduction of this air connection holds the promise of fostering greater people-to-people exchanges, cultural interactions, and economic collaborations between the two countries. Myanmar’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, combined with Novosibirsk’s vibrant urban scene and strategic location, present a compelling blend of opportunities for travelers on both sides.
It’s worth noting that this initiative is in line with a broader effort to facilitate travel for citizens of both countries. According to information released by the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, starting from July 1, 2023, until June 30, 2024, Russian citizens embarking on trips to Myanmar for either tourism or business purposes are granted visa-free entry for up to 30 days through the international airports of Mandalay, Naypyidaw, and Yangon.
This favorable visa policy underscores the commitment of both nations to encourage greater cross-border engagement, explore new avenues of cooperation, and tap into the economic and cultural potential that lies within this partnership.
As the aviation industry plays a pivotal role in bridging geographical divides and facilitating global connections, the Yangon-Mandalay-Novosibirsk route serves as a testament to the power of air travel to foster understanding and collaboration. It is anticipated that this newly established air link will not only contribute to the growth of tourism and business ties but also nurture a sense of camaraderie and shared progress between the peoples of Myanmar and Russia.