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Department wants airports to have aircraft recovery systems

The Department of Civil Aviation wants to require airports across the country to install aircraft recovery systems, which would include aircraft lifting bags, to improve safety and minimise delays if accidents happen, a senior aviation official said. U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of the department, said the government will allocate money for the […]

Nyaung-U airport to be renovated to handle more passengers

Renovation work will be carried out this year at Nyaung-U airport in Bagan to enable it to handle more passengers in the wake of the ancient city being declared a World Heritage site, said a senior civil aviation official. “We’ll carry out renovation work on the terminal. We’ll build rooms and upgrade the toilets for […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

Yangon Aerodrome Company announces new milestones and upgrades for Yangon International Airport

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years. At a media briefing today to announce the five […]

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 […]