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 […]

Unable to break protectionist curse, FMI bites the dust

FMI Air became the third domestic airline to throw in the towel on July 20, after more than five years in operation. Amid the winding up of joint venture proposals and local firms, this is the latest alarm that businesses are running out of patience with the government’s rigid protectionism in the aviation industry. “Operating […]

Rumour claims four domestic airlines stop their services

Rumours surfaced that four domestic airlines including Air Bagan and Apex Airlines had stopped their services. The alleged four are Air Bagan, Apex Airlines, Asian Wings Airways and FMI Air. Deputy Director General Ye Htut Aung from Department of Civil Aviation said on July 16, “It is true that Air Bagan and Apex Air have […]

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 […]

Bangkok Airways to fly direct between Yangon and Phuket

Thailand’s Bangkok Airways will start direct flights between Yangon and Phuket starting on November 17, Varong Israsena, the Bangkok-based regional airline vice president of sales told The Myanmar Times in Yangon. State-owned Myanmar National Airlines started operating a direct flight between Yangon and Phuket a month ago. “MNA sees the potential and increase in traffic […]

Airline stops Yangon to Kathmandu flights

The Nepal-China joint venture Himalaya Airlines has stopped direct flights between Yangon and Kathmandu a little over a year after they began due to low passenger volume, the airline’s representative in Myanmar told The Myanmar Times on Thursday. Himalaya Airlines had offered the flight twice a week since March 2017, then it suspended the flights […]

Myeik, Myanmar sees maiden int’l ops

NewGen Airways (E3, Bangkok Don Mueang) operated a maiden flight out of its base at Bangkok Don Mueang to Myeik in southern Myanmar on February 23, 2018, the first international service out of the latter facility, the Myanmar Times has reported. The flights will be operated 3x weekly as charter services in cooperation with local […]

Direct flights begin between Myeik Airport and Bangkok

The Bangkok-based airline, New Gen Airways has begun direct flights between the Myeik Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital in cooperation with its local partner Tun Htaik Tin Company, a senior airline official told The Myanmar Times. U Thar Du, New Gen Airways’ country manager said the regular flights started on […]

Mandalay Int’l Airport received over 1 million passengers last year

More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation. In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines […]

Regional Government Limits Drone Use in Yangon

The Yangon region administration department has banned the flying of drones in 16 townships to ensure the safety of aircraft landing and taking off at the Yangon International Airport. The order is effective since November 28, the agency said. People who violate the order can face up to six months imprisonment, a fine or both, the […]