70 percent of tourism, hospitality workers suffer redundancy in Myanmar amid COVID-19

YANGON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — About 70 percent of workers in Myanmar’s tourism and hospitality sectors suffered redundancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, head of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) Naung Naung Han said on Friday. “The pandemic halted tourism and hospitality industry, causing decline in tourism-related earnings from businesses including hotels, restaurants, […]

Myanmar to introduce non-landing sightseeing flight tours as Covid-19 cases surges in country

YANGON, Dec 19 (Xinhua): Myanmar has scheduled to launch non-landing sightseeing flight tours this weekend, the chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association has announced. “This is the first step to boost the domestic tourism industry amid Covid-19 and the flight tours are arranged to let passengers enjoy sightseeing with low flying,” said Naung Naung […]

Myanmar airline to fly again domestically after 3-month pause

YANGON — Myanmar National Airlines will on Wednesday resume domestic flights that had been halted by the coronavirus pandemic. In early September, the government instructed the state-owned airline to suspend domestic passenger flights but will now allow a resumption to spur economic activity in rural areas of the country. International passenger flights are still banned, […]

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 […]

Glamping arrives in Mergui Archipelago

It’s a case of ‘take only photos and memories, leave only footprints’ at the newest five-star resort in the remote Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of southern Myanmar and Thailand. With its opening listed as among the most highly anticipated by luxury lifestyle Robb Report and Luxury Travel magazine, Awei Pila (aweipila.com) received its first […]

Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight inaugurated

A new Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight began its maiden trip from Yangon to Pathein in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, state media reported. The aircraft landed in Pathein Airport in the evening where its passengers and crew were welcomed by Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, the regional Hluttaw Speaker, regional ministers and department officials. The Chief […]

Amata Holding to deploy Bell helicopters in Mergui

Tourism and hotels company Amata Holding Public Co Ltd is in negotiations with representatives of an American aviation company for a deal that could bring helicopter transportation and sea plane flights to the Mergui archipelago in Kawthaung, Tanintharyi Region in the south of Myanmar. “We intend to start helicopter and sea plane operations around the […]

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 […]

New route Chiang Mai to Yangon

CHIANG MAI : AirAsia will introduce a new direct service linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Yangon in Myanmar. The three weekly service, scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will start 11 August. August is one of the lowest months for travel to Yangon and traffic from Chiang Mai will be even lower. However, there […]