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 […]

Thai Lion Air bound at last for Yangon

Thai Lion Air’s B737-900ER. The no-frills carrier has received permission from Myanmar to start flights to Yangon. (Thai Lion Air photo) After some hiccups, Thai Lion Air (TLA) has finally been given the nod from Myanmar to launch a regular service from Bangkok to Yangon. TLA’s foray into Myanmar will intensify competition on the route, […]

PTTEP subsidiary divests in Myanmar blocks

After the divestiture, PTTEP SA’s holding in the two onshore blocks will be reduced to 70 per cent, while Moeco and Palang Sophon will each hold 10 per cent in both fields. The balance is taken up by Win Precious Resources. Tevin Vongvanich, president and chief executive of PTTEP, said the divestiture was part of […]

Myanmar’s airlines face challenges as playing field expands and competition intensifies

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Myanmar’s aviation market has huge potential for both local and foreign carriers as the country has recorded some of the highest passenger growth rates in Asia since opening up in 2012. But there are also huge challenges, including infrastructure constraints, over-capacity and unprofitability. […]

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry Booms Despite Grim Safety Record

KONEMOE, Shan State — Htay Aung was riding pillion on a motorbike last Christmas morning, wending through the cool hills of eastern Burma, when Air Bagan Flight 11 came down on top of him. The Fokker 100—more than 24 tons of aircraft, plus 65 passengers and six crew—sheared its way through trees and power lines, […]

Bangkok Airway to Begin Mandalay Service

Bangkok Airways will become the fourth Thai airline to fly from Bangkok to Mandalay this month, launching the new route from the Thai capital to Burma’s second-biggest city on Sept. 15. The privately owned Thai carrier will service the route with Airbus A319 aircraft four times weekly—on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday—according to reports by […]