Korean Air Suspends Direct Flights Between Seoul, Yangon Due to Coronavirus

YANGON—Korean Air, a major South Korean airline, has suspended direct flights from Seoul to Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial hub, amid the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Korea. On Wednesday, Korean Air announced that it would be suspending direct flights to Yangon from Incheon International Airport near Seoul from March 5 to April 25 due […]

Myanmar aviation sector expected to become profitable, but more pain ahead first

Myanmar’s aviation industry is betting on a more profitable future with the number of airlines now reduced to half compared to 2017 and demand for domestic air travel expected to catch up with supply. However, they will have to swallow more losses in the short term before things get better. There are currently five airlines […]

Wuhan Flights to Myanmar Stopped Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Mandalay – China Eastern Airlines (CEA) announced Friday that its direct flights from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Mandalay have been canceled. Following the Wuhan lockdown, as China banned travel to Wuhan after the coronavirus outbreak, the airline said it would refund passengers. China extended travel bans to cities near Wuhan today. Passengers with […]

Myanmar, S’pore ink investment promotion and protection deal

YANGON—Myanmar inked an agreement with Singapore on Tuesday to promote and protect investment between the two countries, paving the way to boost trade relations. As of February, Singapore is Myanmar’s largest source of foreign investment. The city-state has invested more than US$22 billion (33.6 trillion kyats), nearly 30 percent of total foreign investment in Myanmar, […]

An industry-crippling jet fuel monopoly breaks

A domestic airline has received approval to sell aviation fuel in a decision that has ended a monopoly and raised hopes of cheaper prices and better service. GOLDEN MYANMAR Airlines has received Myanmar Investment Commission approval to operate an aviation fuel business, in the first sign of competition for the state-backed monopoly that airlines say […]

Myanmar international passenger growth slows but China market booms

Myanmar’s aviation market has grown rapidly over the past decade, tripling in size. However, 2018 marked by far the slowest rate of growth this decade. International passenger traffic grew by only 2% as visitor numbers to Myanmar increased by less than 3%. Tourism is critical to Myanmar as inbound visitors account for most international traffic […]

Surbung Airport, the high altitude gateway to Chin State

Located in the northwest of Myanmar, the 13907-squaremile Chin State is decorated with rhododendrons, cherries and various species of orchids and bluish mountains and ranges, almost touching the grey and white clouds, floating high in sky. Chin State is formed with Kanpetlet, Mindat, Paletwa, Matupi, Haka, Thantlang, Falam, Tiddim and Tonzang townships. Its capital city […]

Yangon International Airport gears up for new flights, new destinations

Yangon International Airport is poised to welcome more airlines and passenger this year as travel demand grows following Myanmar’s relaxation of entry visa requirements at the end of 2018. The Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited, the company that manages Yangon’s international airport, says it’s increasing airport facilities and stepping up marketing to open new direct routes […]

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 […]

FMI Air Starts Yangon-Sittwe Flights; Introduces Upgraded Check-in

Local carrier FMI Air has begun a scheduled direct service from Yangon to Sittwe in Rakhine state. The service will run five days a week from Monday to Friday, and one way ticket will be sold for $65 during the promotion period until September 11. Mark Collins, chief operating officer of FMI Air, said, “There […]