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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 […]

Gov’t to call for re-tender to upgrade Kawthaung Airport

YANGON-As Tender winner Company Golden Myanmar Airlines relinquished rights to carry out the upgrading tasks on Kawthaung Airport in Taninthayi Region, government will be calling for a re-tender to upgrade Kawthaung Airport, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. “Golden Myanmar Airlines Public Company backed off from Kawthaung Airport upgrades. So, we are going […]

An industry-crippling jet fuel monopoly breaks

A domestic airline has received approval to sell aviation fuel in a decision that has ended a monopoly and raised hopes of cheaper prices and better service. GOLDEN MYANMAR Airlines has received Myanmar Investment Commission approval to operate an aviation fuel business, in the first sign of competition for the state-backed monopoly that airlines say […]

US$96 million for first phase upgrades of three airports

A raft of agreements between the government and private firms are expected to be signed this month for the upgrading of three regional airports to international standards. The three airports concerned – Heho airport in Shan State, Mawlamyine airport in Mon State and Kawthaung in Tanintharyi Division – will be upgraded to boost regional development […]

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 […]

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 […]

Airlines rely on local customers

Domestic airlines mainly depend on local travellers as tourist arrivals decline during the rainy season, sources say. Myanmar has 10 domestic airlines including Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Golden Myanmar Airlines. Most cater services to serve tourism, flying round the main tourist destinations like Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. The monsoon season […]

Golden Myanmar Airlines joins ranks of local businesses charging dual prices

FOREIGNERS taking domestic flights by Golden Myanmar Airlines (GMA) should be prepared to pay over 50 per cent more than locals. Since April 1, the airline has introduced a new price structure with one price category for foreigners and several categories for locals. For a flight between Yangon and Nyaung U, foreigners pay US$89, whereas […]

Airlines operate with new challenges

A new set of challenges faces the domestic air industry, as the number of airlines grow and ASEAN Open Skies is set to fully kick in later this year, according to deputy transport minister U Zin Yaw. Speaking at the Amyotha Hluttaw on March 12 in response to a question from Yangon representative U Nyunt […]

Mandalay, Imphal flight launch delayed

The launch of a planned air route between Mandalay and Imphal in northern India has been delayed while logistical details are finalised with Indian authorities, a Golden Myanmar Airlines official said last week. Managing director U Aung Gyi said the twice-a-week service was originally due to launch on June 27. Golden Myanmar is offering the […]