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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 […]

Air Bagan Temporarily Ceases Operations

Local carrier Air Bagan has temporarily suspended its operations in order to perform maintenance on its fleet of three airplanes. Air Bagan, which was established in 2004, has difficulties in buy or lease more aircraft due to US economic sanctions, or acquire necessary spare parts for its two ATR42-320s and one ATR72-500 aircraft, resulting in […]

Vietjet Offers Promotional Fares for Yangon-HCMC Flights

Vietnamese low cost carrier Vietjet said it is selling tickets at special prices for its newest route linking Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The sale will go on from 11:30 to 13:30 (Myanmar time) everyday from July 24 to July 29. The carrier said that “lucky tickets” will be available from $0 […]

MNA to Fly First International Route with New Boeing 737-800

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA), the country’s flag carrier, has received its first Boeing 737-800, part of the delivery of ten commercial aircrafts which MNA ordered in a multi-million dollar deal last year to re-invigorate its brand. The new fleet will link MNA’s 26 domestic destinations with an expanded international network starting with the launch of […]

$2 Million Allotted for Domestic Airport Upgrades

The government has allotted K2.14 billion ($1.93 million) to upgrade several airports over the course of this fiscal year 2015-16, the Ministry of Transportation announced. The development of domestic airports in Myitkyina, Putao, Bamaw and Naungmon in Kachin state will be prioritised. Last fiscal year, Myitkyina and Putao airports were upgraded with K600 million ($542,000) […]