Domestic flight restrictions in Myanmar extended

The government has extended a domestic flight suspension until October 31 to control the spread of COVID-19, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Some domestic flights have been suspended since March 29, five days after the first COVID-19 case was reported in Myanmar, said U Nay Win, director of the department.

There are five domestic carriers operating in the country – Air KBZ, Air Thanlwin, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanarpon and Myanmar National Airlines.

The DCA had on September 24 also extended a ban on all international airlines into Myanmar until October 31. The decision was made by the COVID-19 prevention committee in order to continue to effectively control the importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel, according to the DCA’s statement.

The country formally stopped all international commercial flights from landing since March 30, a week after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected. It was the fourth time the measures have been extended.

Road transportation services within the country have also been suspended. “All the businesses are suspended during this period. Some have to incur losses. Even the highway bus lines operate only to move important freight. The revenue does not cover the costs,” said U Cho, chair of Shwe Mandalar Highway Express.

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