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Letter: Fuel provision elephant in the room for airlines

SIR – I would like to respond to an article by Zeyar Hein on March 7 on domestic airlines. Complaints on high domestic airfares – many domestic flights are more costly than flights to Bangkok, Hanoi or Kuala Lumpur – and how it is hurting Myanmar’s tourism are gaining traction these days, with recent high-profile […]

Domestic airlines will not raise airfares yet despite rising fuel prices

Despite rising global oil prices, domestic airlines have no plans yet to raise airfares to compensate for higher jet fuel costs. They said this will help encourage domestic air travel while the number of foreign travelers within the country is still low. “We haven’t increased our fares even though fuel costs have risen. We have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s tourism industry faces challenges

Myanmar’s tourism industry has experienced a significant decline compared to previous years. To understand the causes for this development the Global New Light of Myanmar interviewed U Thet Lwin Toe, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. Q: May I know current situation of tourism industry? The country’s tourism sector rose in 2012 like a tsunami. […]

Myanmar upgrades civil aviation business to boost air transport

YANGON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is upgrading its civil aviation business in a bid to boost the air transport sector amid growing tourist arrivals in the country year-on-year. As part of the move, it has recently corporatized Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) in operation to facilitate investment in air transportation technology and services. The corporatization […]