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AirAsia still planning to enter Myanmar

Low-cost airline AirAsia remains committed to expanding into Myanmar as part of its regional strategy in Indo-China, Riad Asmat, the firm’s CEO, said. “Indo-China is still very untouched in terms of the possibilities for AirAsia. That includes Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. For example, we currently fly around seven destinations and 13 routes. We want to […]

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 […]

The Myanmar Airline Industry Is Grounding Their Operations

The airline industry in Myanmar is grounding operations due to the competitive market. The potential in Myanmar is seen as an opportunity by ANA Holdings in Japan. In 2100, Myanmar transitioned to an elected government. This caused a boom and numerous organizations became a part of the aviation market. Private airlines doubled visitor traffic by […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s two domestic airlines stop operations

YANGON, July 18 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s two domestic airlines Air Bagan and Apex Airlines have stopped their operations, surrendering their air operator’s certificates (AOC) to the authorities recently, local 7Day Daily reported Wednesday. Shortage of aircrafts and economic loss forced the domestic airlines to stop their operations. In accordance with Myanmar Aviation Act, the airlines […]

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 […]

FMI Air revealed to be Myanmar’s stillborn Air Asia partner

FMI Air (ND, Yangon) was involved in the ultimately failed joint-venture talks with the AirAsia Group regarding setting up a new low-cost carrier in Myanmar earlier in 2018, the Myanmar Times has revealed. The South-East Asia low-cost group announced in March 2018 that it had entered into talks with an existing Myanmarese carrier but did […]

Myanmar: The Next Asian Dragon

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry is at a serious juncture in its evolvement and no longer sustainable in its current and present shape. Over the past five years Myanmar has approved the start-up of four new domestic airlines and revamp and rebrand of its national airline, “ Myanmar National Airlines”, to stimulate both domestic and international air […]

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 […]

Upgrades needed if Nay Pyi Taw is to develop as a tourism destination

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced a number of moves designed to promote Nay Pyi Taw as a tourist destination, but industry insiders say there is a ways to go before the capital attracting many holidaymakers. Initiatives are targeted at promoting the capital as a destination for MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and […]