Drones must steer clear of Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda is now a no drone zone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not welcome to fly over the famed pagoda or its grounds without prior permission, the pagoda trustee committee announced at a September 30 press conference. The board of trustees said the ban has been in place for a year, but has not […]

HK carrier working to resolve ‘issues’ at Mandalay airport

Budget airline HK Express will review restarting flights to Mandalay after resolving issues that local aviation officials said concerned fuel quality. But the firm that supplies the country’s airports said there are no doubts about the standard of fuel it provides. The Hong Kong carrier began flights to Yangon and Mandalay in the first week […]

DCA hopes to tie up Hanthawaddy airport deal by the end of this year

A Final concession agreement between the Department of Civil Aviation and a consortium building a major new international airport in Bago Region known as Hanthawaddy International Airport should be complete by the end of this year, according to a DCA director. Myanmar has been trying to build the airport for two decades, but delays have plagued […]

Myanmar and Aireon to Collaborate on Space-Based Air Traffic Monitoring System

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Myanmar just announced it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Aireon LLC, a Virginia, U.S. based air traffic surveillance system provider, to collaborate on a concept of operations and benefits analysis for the deployment of Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) service. DCA provides air traffic control, […]

Yangon airport T1 gets first foreign tenant

Yangon International Airport’s shiny new terminal has been almost empty since it opened in March – hosting only the country’s flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines. But space and facilities are becoming increasingly important for the raft of foreign firms aiming to add Myanmar routes, and the first international airlines are starting to move in. The […]

Barriers to Bagan flights for Thai firm

Bangkok Airways is exploring adding Bagan and Myeik to its list of Myanmar destinations. But the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says there are no immediate plans to open up more airports to Thai firms, a move that would likely anger local airlines. The Thai carrier is conducting a feasibility study into establishing routes from Chiang Mai […]

Myanmar Airport Expansion Plans Take Off

Growing international traffic is driving a rapid expansion of Myanmar’s major airport network as it works to keep up with overseas arrivals. In February, Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced that work on the new Hanthawaddy International Airport, located 70 kilometres outside of Yangon, would begin next year, with the facility set to be […]

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 […]

DCA: 1 Year Minimum Until Call for Domestic Airport Upgrade

YANGON — A government call for the upgrading and privatization of 30 domestic airports in Myanmar has been postponed until late next year at the earliest, due to ongoing efforts to transfer three international airports to private hands, according to Win Swe Tun, the director general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The DCA […]

FMI Air ready to test out new model for Myanmar aviation market with CRJ base at Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar start-up FMI Air is aiming to launch scheduled services by the end of 2014 using 50-seat CRJ200 regional jets based at the capital Nay Pyi Taw. FMI will become the first airline to establish a hub at Nay Pyi Taw, which has an underutilised modern international airport that opened in 2011. FMI will enter […]