All Nippon Airways Co. said Wednesday it will launch a route directly connecting Japan and Myanmar for the first time in 12 years.
“We are making preparations to launch the service as soon as possible,” said ANA President Shinichiro Ito. The route is to be started this year.
He said that Myanmar has been democratizing of late and is a “very attractive market,” given its abundant tourism resources and growing business demand.
While noting that details of the route have yet to be decided, Ito said ANA is reviewing which aircraft it will use and whether to operate a daily service.
Myanmar has been taking a series of democratization measures, including the freeing of political prisoners, in recent months. On April 1, the country held by-elections in which democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy won 43 seats in Parliament.