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 […]

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 […]

DCA Submits Plan For Regional Airports to Be Privately Run

The Department of Civil Aviation has submitted a plan under which private firms would renovate and run regional domestic airports across Myanmar under public-private partnership (PPP) agreements, deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. The DCA submitted the plan to the Ministry of Transport and Communications last month for inspection, which in […]

Drones must steer clear of Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda is now a no drone zone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not welcome to fly over the famed pagoda or its grounds without prior permission, the pagoda trustee committee announced at a September 30 press conference. The board of trustees said the ban has been in place for a year, but has not […]

HK carrier working to resolve ‘issues’ at Mandalay airport

Budget airline HK Express will review restarting flights to Mandalay after resolving issues that local aviation officials said concerned fuel quality. But the firm that supplies the country’s airports said there are no doubts about the standard of fuel it provides. The Hong Kong carrier began flights to Yangon and Mandalay in the first week […]

DCA hopes to tie up Hanthawaddy airport deal by the end of this year

A Final concession agreement between the Department of Civil Aviation and a consortium building a major new international airport in Bago Region known as Hanthawaddy International Airport should be complete by the end of this year, according to a DCA director. Myanmar has been trying to build the airport for two decades, but delays have plagued […]