Myanmar National Airlines suspends international flights until August 31

The Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) announced on July 23 that it will extend the temporary suspension of all its international flights (Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong) until August 31, in order to cooperate with ongoing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The airline will offer full refunds or free flight changes to its […]

Domestic airlines need to join hands for survival post-COVID

Domestic airlines will need to cooperate with one another in the post-COVID period for survival, said a senior official from the transport and communications ministry. As the safety standards for airlines have been raised, leading to higher costs, airlines need to cooperate in order to survive, said U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport […]

Malaysia Airlines receives approval to land in Yangon

Malaysia has obtained regulatory approval for a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) relief flight to land in Yangon to fly Malaysian nationals back to Kuala Lumpur, according to a statement by the Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon today (March 30). The first relief flight is scheduled to depart from Yangon International Airport on March 31 at 1125 […]

JC International adds Yangon route

PHNOM PENH, 7 August 2019: JC International Airlines, a Chinese owned airline operating out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will launch a new service to Yangon 15 August. It will mark the first direct flight between Yangon the commercial capital of Myanmar and Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia. The airline also identified on its network chart […]

Chinese airlines moving to myanmar

More Chinese airlines are moving to Myanmar, with more planes flying to new destinations since the end of last year, according to Yangon International Airport. On Tuesday, China Eastern Airlines launched a direct Shanghai-Yangon flight using Airbus 320 aircraft. The route offers flights from Yangon International Airport three times a week. It is China Eastern […]

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 […]

Domestic airlines need mergers, partnerships to sustain

There is a need for domestic airlines to merge or form partnerships with foreign airlines in order to sustain themselves in the longer-term. Stakeholders believe that the way forward for domestic airlines, which continue to be loss-making due to lower number of passengers and higher costs, would be to either merge their operations or form […]

Myanmar tourism pins hopes on European comeback

The Myanmar trade is taking on a more positive outlook of the European market, as they believe that the plunge in Western visitor numbers to the country due to the international media coverage of the Rakhine conflict has bottomed out. May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing’s (MTM) chairperson is seeing signs of recovery from […]

Yangon International Airport enhances stakeholder partnerships; plans to boost global network

Yangon International Airport (YIA) yesterday hosted a reception in appreciation for its airline partners, while looking forward to updated terminal facilities and enhanced carrier partnerships to handle the increases in passenger numbers expected following Myanmar’s relaxation of entry visa requirements last October. The reception was held at Mingalar Sky Lounge Terminal 3, and graced by […]