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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 […]

Cheap fares on Bangkok-Yangon route

BANGKOK, 26 April 2018: Planning a trip to Yangon for a short break appears to be simple enough if all you want is the cheapest fare for the one-hour 25-minute journey with no thrills, not even a check-in bag allowance. There are scores of online booking sites that deliver point-to-point options and some even claiming […]

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 […]

Yangon International Airport welcomes its fifth millionth passenger this year

Yangon International Airport (YIA), the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, welcomed its fifth millionth passenger today. Mr Wong Foo Cheong, travelling on board Myanmar Airways International 8M-232 flight from Singapore arrived in YIA Terminal 1 at 3:15 pm and was warmly greeted by a welcoming party. He received 1 Million MMK in cash in […]

SilkAir launches multi-city flights in Myanmar

SilkAir will launch its ‘stopover flights’ connecting Singapore-Yangon-Mandalay and return to the island state with a single ticket starting October 31. “The Myanmar government will give SilkAir permit for the stop-over ride. Businessmen and tourists can enjoy the convenience of flying from Singapore and drop off in Yangon to do their business or sightseeing for […]

India: Myanmar visa fee removal boosts prospects of healthcare tourism

KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 17: India’s recent decision to remove $80 visa charge for Myanmar nationals (except in e-visa) improved prospects of healthcare tourism in India. West Bengal may be a major gainer as Kolkata has the best flight connectivity to Myanmar among all major Indian cities. Advantage India India controls the expanding pharmaceutical products market in […]

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 […]

Sri Lankan Airlines expands network to Myanmar

SriLankan Airlines will expand its network to Yangon, capital of Myanmar, from 1st June 2017, with the commencement of a codeshare partnership with Myanmar Airways International (MAI), one of Myanmar’s best-known airlines. SriLankan will codeshare on flights operated by MAI between Bangkok and Yangon; and also Singapore and Yangon; while MAI will codeshare on flights […]

Visa Waiver Prompts More Singapore Flights by Myanmar’s Flag carrier – TTG Asia

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) will add five more flights per week on its Singapore-Yangon route starting December 1, when the visa waiver between the two countries comes into effect. Demand for the route, which MNA commenced as a daily service in August 2015, has been slow to moderate, according to some outbound agents in Singapore. […]

Airport upgrades in Myanmar’s lesser-known hotspots means more international flights and tourists

A number of airports popular with tourists will begin accepting direct international flights after their upgrades are complete over the next decade, the Department of Civil Aviation deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. Heho Airport in Shan State, Nyaung-U in Mandalay Region, Thandwe in Rakhine State, and Dawei in Tanintharyi Region are examples […]