Number of tourists visiting Mandalay rises by 26%

The number of tourists visiting Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, was 242,566 in 2014 and it rose to 306,432 in 2015 which is a 26% increase, the Mandalay Hotel and Tourism Department said on 9 January. Most of the tourists were from China, Thailand, France, Germany and the United States of America. […]

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 […]

Myanmar approves commercial helicopters

YANGON, 11 February 2015: Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department recently granted Air Myanmar Aviation Service permission to operate the first-ever commercial helicopter service. The Xinhua news agency reported the company would use two AS350 B3 helicopters for charters, survey flights and medical evacuation. “Myanmar is upgrading its aviation business as tourist arrivals in the country grow […]

Myanmar eyes 5m international arrivals next year

Myanmar’s international arrivals are expected to exceed 5 million next year as the country’s private sector strengthens its overseas marketing, including in Thailand. Representatives of 17 hotels, resorts, restaurants and airlines from Myanmar were in Bangkok yesterday to meet with local buyers at the “Asean Travel Business Matching” event, organised by the Thai Travel Agents […]

Myanmar Airways to hold talks with ATR Airbus Group

YANGON — With the impending arrival of new aircraft earlier than the scheduled delivery time, officials from state-owned Myanmar Airways will visit France to hold talks with French Aerospace Company (ATR), according to Myanmar Airways’ report. The Myanmar Airways signed an agreement on May 6 to buy six new aircraft from ATR and to open […]

Investors invited for privatization of domestic airports

Following a move to find investors for the privatization of international airports in Myanmar, the floor will be opened up to companies who wish to be involved in domestic airport development, according to the Department of Civil Aviation. U Win Swe Tun, director-general of the department, told Mizzima on October 30, “Upon completion of the […]

Visas on arrival getting more popular at Yangon International Airport

More than 70,000 visitors obtained visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport during the first eight months of the year, according to the immigration department. “From January to August of this year, a total of 74,503 foreign visitors entered the country with visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport,” an immigration spokesperson said. “Chinese nationals […]

Myanmar carriers opening more Thai routes

Two more privately owned Myanmar carriers – Shwe Myanmar Airlines and Air KBZ – will begin flying between Yangon and Chiang Mai, as demand for flights to the northern city in Thailand increase, executives from the airlines said. They said a rising number of Myanmar nationals visiting the city was the driving demand, and that […]

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 […]

Private Sector Development of Domestic Airports Postponed

YANGON — The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said on Tuesday that it is indefinitely delaying its plans to invite foreign and local companies to upgrade 30 out Myanmar’s 69 domestic airports. “We’re also busy with the three other international airport development projects, so I think domestic airport projects will be tendered after we finish […]