Rakhine’s coastal waters still plagued by off-shore fishing vessels

The illegal entry of off-shore fishing vessels into Rakhine State’s shallow, coastal waters has reportedly see a depletion in amount of fish being caught by near-shore fisherman, Myitmakha News Agency has been informed. The Department of Fisheries has demarcated a territory ten-miles from the shore as an area exclusive to near-shore fishing vessels, but off-shore […]

MNA creates regional network

The airline is taking delivery of leased Boeing 737-800s that will be used to launch the routes. The next batch of new planes are expected to arrive in early October, and they will be used to start regular flights to Hong Kong and Taipei beginning in November. MNA CEO, U Than Tun, told local media […]

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 […]

IGE’s power project to face further delays

A hydropower station first conceived in 2003 will require a further four years of work, costing an estimated K230 billion more, parliament heard on May 18. Deputy Minister for Electrical Power U Aung Than Oo told Amyotha Hluttaw that the Thahtay hydropower project on Thahtay Creek, 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Thandwe in Rakhine […]

Government, hotels pressure local officials over sand mining

The government, hoteliers and civil society are stepping up the pressure on Thandwe authorities to curb rampant sand mining at Myanmar’s premier beach destination, Ngapali. Tourism sources close to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism say President U Thein Sein is aware of the issue, and has ordered action to be taken against companies that […]

Despite Dodgier Airport, Nok Air Hopes to Touch Down in Ngapali

Thai budget carrier Nok Air is planning a direct flight from Bangkok to Ngapali in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to tap the surge in tourist arrivals, Patee Sarasin, CEO of the company told Myanmar Business Today. Ngapali, located 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Thandwe in Rakhine state, is arguably the most famous beach in Myanmar and […]

Myanmar airports improve safety

YANGON, 11 March 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport says it has upgraded six airports in terms of safety and security. The six airports that have gained new safety equipment are Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei. The Global New Light of Myanmar claimed the six airports received safety and security upgrades with the […]

New domestic airline to begin flights in March

A new domestic carrier, Apex Airlines, will be among the first in Myanmar to offer dynamic pricing when it starts flying next month, a senior company official says. Chief operations officer Selva Kumar said Apex’s first aircraft, an ATR 72-600, would arrive in Nay Pyi Taw in mid-February, with a launch planned for late March. […]

Eden to build world-class hotel

Eden Group’s Eden Hotels & Resort Co Ltd plans to construct a world-class hotel through build-operate-transfer system. The proposal was submitted to Myanmar Investment Commission and granted a permit on January 16 under the Citizenship Investment Law. The company has been permitted to build the hotel at Ring No 201, Kun Chan Ring, Zee Phyu […]

Alliance to boost safety at Myanmar airports

Sumitomo, together with NEC, NEC Networks & System Integration, Toshiba and Morita, has concluded an agreement with the Civil Aviation Department of Myanmar’s Transport Ministry on the “Project for Improvement of Nationwide Airport Safety and Security”. The project is designed to help improve aviation safety at Myanmar’s major airports – Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, […]