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Int’l Passenger Flights Likely Banned Until October: Myanmar Vice-President

YANGON—Myanmar Vice-President Henry Van Thio says the country is unlikely to open to international commercial passenger flights until October. At a meeting of the National Tourism Development Central Committee on Tuesday, the vice-president said that airports are expected to resume operations for international commercial passenger flights only after the third quarter of this year. The […]

Yangon International Airport gets fewer tourists in 2020 Q1

The number of tourist arrivals via Yangon International Airport (YIA) dropped by 26.2 per cent in the first three months of 2020 compared to the same period of last year, YIA said in its announcement. Yangon International Airport, which is the main entry and exit gate for airway travellers, has provided services to 1.46 million […]

DCA instructs domestic and international airlines to refuse sick passengers

Department for Civil Aviation (DCA) has instructed domestic and international airlines to refuse passengers with high fever to board the planes flying from airports in China to Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports, sources said. The department is cooperating with respective health departments in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports to […]

DCA denies the request from Bangkok Airways to fly Bkk-Bagan direct route

Department for Civil Aviation (DCA) replied to Bangkok Airways that they are not allowed the direct flight between Bangkok and Bagan at the present as Bagan-NyaungU airport is not an international airport, sources said. Bagan was recently recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The area is popular among the international before it was […]

Myanmar and Japan to form JV for Hanthawaddy Airport construction

Myanmar and Japan have reportedly revived negotiations to form a joint venture (JV) for the construction of Hanthawaddy International Airport. The airport will be built in the Bago Region of Myanmar and is likely to entail an investment of around $1.5bn. Authorities from the Myanmar and Japanese governments have already met several times to prepare […]

Myanmar National to seek foreign funds for fleet upgrade

Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon) will seek foreign investors to finance the upgrade of the carrier’s international fleet and it has also approached the Myanma Port Authority in this regard, Director U Myint Aung has told The Myanmar Times. The Myanmarese flag carrier has been unprofitable since its corporatisation in 2013 but hopes to post […]

Fuel prices, protectionism hobble Myanmar airline industry

Myanmar’s once lucrative airline industry is struggling to stay afloat with many carriers already halving their fares to draw more passengers. A shortage of modern infrastructure and high import bill is driving up the price of jet fuel, making it exceedingly difficult for many local airlines to keep their fleets airborne. Already, the Department of […]

Location for New Muse Airport to be Confirmed Before Fiscal Year-End

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is hoping to confirm the location for a new airport in Muse before the end of this fiscal year, Deputy Director General U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times on November 6. Muse is Myanmar’s largest border trading post and where most of the country’s border trade with China takes […]

Hantharwaddy airport priority for govt

THE planned Hantharwaddy International Airport is the only priority in the area of aviation under the National League for Democracy-led government, said U Win Khant, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications. He made his comments in relation to the government’s Transport Master Plan during the sideline interview with The Myanmar Times at Myanmar […]

Department to call for tenders to upgrade three domestic airports

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The tender call invites developers who are interested to upgrade the infrastructure projects through a public-private partnership (PPP) system, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of DCA told The Myanmar Times. Public-private partnerships between a government agency and private-sector company can be used to finance, construct and […]