Myanmar Boom Wanes as Overcapacity Bites

When Myanmar opened to the world back in 2012, the country experienced a rapid expansion in air travel. Thirteen foreign airlines carried roughly 2 million international passengers. By 2014, the international market had jumped to 3.2 million passengers traveling with nine foreign airline groups, bringing the total number of international carriers to 22. But now the […]

Air Bagan Temporarily Ceases Operations

Local carrier Air Bagan has temporarily suspended its operations in order to perform maintenance on its fleet of three airplanes. Air Bagan, which was established in 2004, has difficulties in buy or lease more aircraft due to US economic sanctions, or acquire necessary spare parts for its two ATR42-320s and one ATR72-500 aircraft, resulting in […]

Myanmar’s flag carrier returns overseas with Yangon-S’pore route

SINGAPORE: After a 22-year hiatus, flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) on Monday (Aug 17) resumed flying overseas as it launched its international flight from Yangon to Singapore, despite other Myanmar airlines having struggled to compete with Singaporean carriers on the highly competitive route. The re-christened Myanmar flag carrier, formerly known as Union of Burma […]

Airlines rely on local customers

Domestic airlines mainly depend on local travellers as tourist arrivals decline during the rainy season, sources say. Myanmar has 10 domestic airlines including Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Golden Myanmar Airlines. Most cater services to serve tourism, flying round the main tourist destinations like Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. The monsoon season […]

Poor aviation infrastructure hinders Myanmar’s aviation potential

Slow improvement in aviation infrastructure remains the biggest hurdle that Myanmar must overcome if it is to cash in on the Asean Open Skies or even pursue its dream to become an aviation hub in Asia. At the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in March 2014, Transport Minister Nyan Htun Aung announced Myanmar’s vision “that […]

Airlines operate with new challenges

A new set of challenges faces the domestic air industry, as the number of airlines grow and ASEAN Open Skies is set to fully kick in later this year, according to deputy transport minister U Zin Yaw. Speaking at the Amyotha Hluttaw on March 12 in response to a question from Yangon representative U Nyunt […]

Foreign Investors Rethink Enthusiasm on Myanmar’s Aviation Sector

ANA’s Cancellation of Deal With Asian Wings Exemplifies Fading Interest YANGON, Myanmar—Once thought to be one of Myanmar’s most promising sectors, aviation is losing its shine with foreign investors, offering a window into the slowdown in investment into the country. With the number of visitors to the country expected to hit a record three million […]

Asian Wings, ANA deal cancelled

A planned partnership between All Nippon Airways and a private Myanmar airline, Asian Wings, has been cancelled because of concerns over the viability of the project, the two sides announced on July 30. The two airlines signed a partnership agreement in August 2013 under which ANA, Japan’s largest airline group, was to pay US$25million for […]

The aviation sector takes off

Myanmar’s civil aviation sector is on the brink of explosive growth with the number of seats and carriers rising and infrastructure being upgraded. Myanmar is the most under-served aviation market in Southeast Asia. The numbers speak for themselves. Only Brunei and Laos have fewer airline seats per capita. Myanmar has a population of 52 million, […]

Tycoon’s Plans for Putao Come under Scrutiny

MYITKYINA, Kachin State — Surrounded by Myanmar’s highest, snow-capped mountains, the remote and rugged Putao Valley in northern Kachin State is a place of stunning beauty and pristine mountain landscapes. This wilderness amid the Himalayan foothills is home to unique wildlife and vast forests, endangered Himalayan Yew trees and rare orchids, and even a small […]