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Myanmar National Airlines suspends international flights until August 31

The Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) announced on July 23 that it will extend the temporary suspension of all its international flights (Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong) until August 31, in order to cooperate with ongoing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The airline will offer full refunds or free flight changes to its […]

Myanmar mulls $24 million loan to keep national airline afloat

The government is considering a US$24 million bail-out plan to help Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) cover its operational expenses, U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary of the transport ministry, said during a Myanmar tourism forum on June 1. “The situation at MNA is pretty bad and the airline could require state protection to remain solvent,” said […]

MNA mulls over international flights

YANGON, 1 June 2020: Myanmar National Airlines continues its suspension of international routes for the time being, but according to the airline’s booking system, it may resume some international flights as early as mid-June. However, resuming services will depend on the lifting of government health measures and the bans on international flights. At present, there […]

Korean Air changes flight schedule for Seoul-Ygn direct flight

Korean Air, which is operating daily flights to Yangon from Seoul, is scheduled to change its direct flight between Seoul and Yangon to four times a week starting from March 3 due to COVID-19 virus outbreak in South Korea, according to Ministry of Transport and Communications. Although aviation authorities haven’t announced the restrictions on airlines […]

DCA instructs domestic and international airlines to refuse sick passengers

Department for Civil Aviation (DCA) has instructed domestic and international airlines to refuse passengers with high fever to board the planes flying from airports in China to Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports, sources said. The department is cooperating with respective health departments in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports to […]

Restructuring, cost efficiencies needed to lift MNA out of the red

Despite launching new international routes and enjoying higher passenger load factors, Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is still in the red. This is now prompting calls for an overhaul of its cost structure and a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure such as the airline’s payment systems, moves that may well give the airline a second lease […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar Timber Enterprise targets higher sales, commercial restructuring

State-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) is targeting sales of 5,000 tonnes of teak and 100,000 tonnes of hard wood during the six-month period between April and October this year. The sales are expected to generate K63 billion in revenues, MTE deputy general manager U Khin Maung Kyi told The Myanmar Times. Sales will be conducted […]