Low-budget carrier 9Air starts direct flight from Guangzhou to Yangon

A low-budget airline, 9Air, based in Guangzhou, launched a direct flight between the capital city of Guangdong province and Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday, according to the carrier.

The new route follows the company’s first direct international flight between Guangzhou and Mandalay on Oct 2.

According to the company, the Guangzhou-Yangon flight will operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, offering some ticket fares as low as 9 yuan ($1.29).

“The new flight service will help boost social, cultural and economic ties between China and Myanmar, one of the important countries related to the Belt and Road Initiative,” said Ji Guangping, chairman of 9Air.

The carrier, founded in 2014, will diversify its services by opening more direct international flights between Guangzhou and cities in Southeast Asia and Japan, due to increased demand from domestic passengers for business and tourism, according to Ji.