Airport upgrades in Myanmar’s lesser-known hotspots means more international flights and tourists

A number of airports popular with tourists will begin accepting direct international flights after their upgrades are complete over the next decade, the Department of Civil Aviation deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. Heho Airport in Shan State, Nyaung-U in Mandalay Region, Thandwe in Rakhine State, and Dawei in Tanintharyi Region are examples […]

Hong Kong carrier suspends Mandalay flights due to concerns over fuel quality

Hong Kong budget airline HK Express started flights to Mandalaythis week, but will suspend operations to the new destination in October because of issues with fuel quality at Mandalay airport, Department of Civil Aviation officials told The Myanmar Times. The firm began flights from Yangon to Hong Kong on September 1, and started a two-month run of […]

Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion

Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016. Myanmar will operate a full visa on arrival scheme from December 2016 across all Association of South East Asian Nations member countries. Since […]

After visa pact, Myanmar agents form more Singapore packages

  OUTBOUND tour operators in Myanmar are planning to add more Singapore packages in anticipation of increased traffic to the city-state after visa exemption is established between the two nations earlier this month. The 30-day visa-free travel agreement will take effect from December 1. Lynn Zaw Wai Mang, managing director of Unique Asia Ticketing and […]

Yangon-Singapore flights to increase

According to two airline companies offering Yangon-Singapore flights, more flights between the two locations will be scheduled once the visa-on-arrival system takes effect in December. There currently are seven airlines flying the Yangon-Singapore route: Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Jet Star, Myanmar Airways International (MAI), Myanmar National Airlines and Air Asia. According to Singapore Airlines and […]

Myanmar’s airlines face pressure at home and abroad

Underfinanced and often unprofitable, Myanmar’s airlines are in a fight for survival as competition heats up from rivals inside and outside the country. The sector has several factors in its favour – Myanmar is enjoying strong economic growth, fuel prices are low and the number of foreign tourists is rising. But by and large the […]

Asia World opens new Yangon airport terminal

Asia World Group has opened the first phase of a new airport terminal in Yangon that will be capable of handing up to 20 million passengers a year when complete, with US fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken the first international restaurant confirmed to open in the new space. Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), an Asia […]

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 […]

2 Myanmar carriers to launch flights to Taoyuan in January

Two carriers from Myanmar will begin services between Yangon and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Jan. 26, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday. Myanmar Airways International plans to operate four weekly round-trip flights between Yangon and Taoyuan — on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday — flying Airbus A320s. Flight 8M 7703 is scheduled to […]

Mandalay adds new shopping mall

MANDALAY, 15 May 2015: Mandalay Yatanar Mall will open by April next year adding a up-market shopping option for tourists visiting the country’s second largest city. The Global New Light of Myanmar media said the Mandalay Yatanar Mall would showcase Myanmar-made jewellery, silk products and handicrafts as well as branded shopping items. The mall, on […]