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Myanmar Airways International announces direct flights from Yangon to Incheon in December

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will offer non-stop flights between Yangon, Myanmar and Incheon, South Korea from December 3 onwards. The airline will deploy a 144-seater A319 aircraft to service the route. It will operate four flights a week on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Yangon at 4.45pm and arrive in Incheon at […]

Myanmar’s Air KBZ plans to start Mandalay-Imphal flight

YANGON: Myanmar’s private carrier Air KBZ plans to start flight from Mandalay to Imphal in Manipur. Mandalay was the capital of erstwhile Burmese kingdom. India’s Ambassador to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar said Air KBZ is keen to operate flights between Mandalay and Imphal. To start the flight service, Kumar said the Air Services Agreement (ASA) has […]

Restructuring, cost efficiencies needed to lift MNA out of the red

Despite launching new international routes and enjoying higher passenger load factors, Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is still in the red. This is now prompting calls for an overhaul of its cost structure and a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure such as the airline’s payment systems, moves that may well give the airline a second lease […]

Air KBZ to resume Myeik, Sittwe flights

Air KBZ will resume flights to Myeik and Sittwe from May 1 onwards. The airline had suspended flights to Myeik for three years and to Sittwe for one. It will now resume flights on these routes on the back of higher demand. Domestic tour operators confirmed that the number of local visitors to Mergui Archipelago […]

US$96 million for first phase upgrades of three airports

A raft of agreements between the government and private firms are expected to be signed this month for the upgrading of three regional airports to international standards. The three airports concerned – Heho airport in Shan State, Mawlamyine airport in Mon State and Kawthaung in Tanintharyi Division – will be upgraded to boost regional development […]

Domestic airlines will not raise airfares yet despite rising fuel prices

Despite rising global oil prices, domestic airlines have no plans yet to raise airfares to compensate for higher jet fuel costs. They said this will help encourage domestic air travel while the number of foreign travelers within the country is still low. “We haven’t increased our fares even though fuel costs have risen. We have […]

Unable to break protectionist curse, FMI bites the dust

FMI Air became the third domestic airline to throw in the towel on July 20, after more than five years in operation. Amid the winding up of joint venture proposals and local firms, this is the latest alarm that businesses are running out of patience with the government’s rigid protectionism in the aviation industry. “Operating […]

Mandalay Int’l Airport received over 1 million passengers last year

More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation. In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines […]

Local airlines squeezed by expensive petrol and taxation

In Myanmar, there are 10 domestic airlines and 58 planes in total which are serving local and international passengers. Compared with the rest of ASEAN, flights are rather costly, according to local airlines and the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA). “During rainy season, only three out of 10 airlines can run. The main problem […]

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 […]