New airline routes begin to crowd Myanmar’s sky

YANGON — Asian airlines are looking to expand to Myanmar, eyeing not just business passengers but also the rising middle class there, who are beginning to travel for pleasure. Budget carrier HK Express on Sept. 1 kicked off a direct Hong Kong-to-Yangon route that flies four times a week. Other carriers, such as Myanmar National Airlines, already provide such […]

Myanmar National Airlines receives new ATR aircraft

MYANMAR National Airlines celebrated the third arrival of new ATR72-600 MSN-1339XY-AME at Yangon International Airport yesterday. The new aircraft is the third of an order for six placed with ATR company, said the MNA, adding that the remaining three planes will be delivered in 2016 and 2017. According to the MNA, the arrival of the […]

After visa pact, Myanmar agents form more Singapore packages

  OUTBOUND tour operators in Myanmar are planning to add more Singapore packages in anticipation of increased traffic to the city-state after visa exemption is established between the two nations earlier this month. The 30-day visa-free travel agreement will take effect from December 1. Lynn Zaw Wai Mang, managing director of Unique Asia Ticketing and […]

Yangon airport T1 gets first foreign tenant

Yangon International Airport’s shiny new terminal has been almost empty since it opened in March – hosting only the country’s flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines. But space and facilities are becoming increasingly important for the raft of foreign firms aiming to add Myanmar routes, and the first international airlines are starting to move in. The […]

Yangon factory repairs ATR aircraft for the first time

A maintenance facility in Yangon has repaired an ATR aircraft from Myanmar National Airlines, marking a first for a Myanmar-based facility, sources from the airline said. Previously, airlines based in Myanmar had to send their aircraft to Malaysia or Singapore for repairs as Myanmar lacked aviation engineers, mechanics, tools, specialised equipment and advanced technologies. The […]

Yangon-Singapore flights to increase

According to two airline companies offering Yangon-Singapore flights, more flights between the two locations will be scheduled once the visa-on-arrival system takes effect in December. There currently are seven airlines flying the Yangon-Singapore route: Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Jet Star, Myanmar Airways International (MAI), Myanmar National Airlines and Air Asia. According to Singapore Airlines and […]

Myanmar’s airlines face pressure at home and abroad

Underfinanced and often unprofitable, Myanmar’s airlines are in a fight for survival as competition heats up from rivals inside and outside the country. The sector has several factors in its favour – Myanmar is enjoying strong economic growth, fuel prices are low and the number of foreign tourists is rising. But by and large the […]

Tourist arrivals in Nay Pyi Taw Airport slump

  Nay Pyi Taw Airport received local and foreign 27,390 tourists last fiscal year. This number has declined by over 10,000 in the current fiscal year. Among domestic flights, only Myanmar National Airlines, which is state-owned, made regular flights to Nay Pyi Taw. However, charter flights under other domestic airlines still fly to Nay Pyi […]

Myanmar Boom Wanes as Overcapacity Bites

When Myanmar opened to the world back in 2012, the country experienced a rapid expansion in air travel. Thirteen foreign airlines carried roughly 2 million international passengers. By 2014, the international market had jumped to 3.2 million passengers traveling with nine foreign airline groups, bringing the total number of international carriers to 22. But now the […]

Air Cargo:Emerging Myanmar requires patience

After more than two decades of isolation, the nation of Myanmar is moving back into the international market. As this Southeast Asian country makes cautious steps towards democracy, the forwarding industry is watching – and waiting – for opportunities to turn Myanmar into the region’s next logistics powerhouse. For some logistics firms, the wait may be […]