YANGON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ruili Airlines launched direct flight on Sunday between Myanmar's Yangon and Dehong, an autonomous prefecture located in southwestern China's Yunnan province.
The inaugural flight was launched at the Yangon International Airport.
Ruili Airlines will fly the route four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using a Boeing 737 aircraft which has a carrying capacity of 144 passengers.
It is Ruili Airlines' second route linking China with Myanmar following its direct flight connecting Mangshi, a border town in Yunnan province, and Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar in the central part on Jan 31, 2019.
In keeping with the growth of cooperation between China and Myanmar in various sectors including that in economy and trade, the new air route was added, Vice President of Maintenance of Ruili Airlines Co Ltd. Chen Hai told Xinhua, expecting that it would contribute to the exchange between the two countries.
Ruili Airlines, based in Kunming Changshui International Airport, has a domestic and international route network flying across China and Southeast Asia.
The airline started operations in 2014 and has been steadily growing with about 20 aircrafts in its fleet.
With this new route, Yangon International Airport now links 34 international destinations with services from 36 international airlines. The airport handled over 6 million passengers in 2018.