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A brewing brouhaha over buses in Yangon?

The Yangon Regional Government has offered the Myanmar Licensed Contractors Association (MLCA) the right to buy 200 school buses and operate a business transporting schoolchildren, U Kyaw Win, chair of the association, said on October 7. If accepted, the move will involve establishing a separate entity to run the operation under a public-private-partnership (PPP). It […]

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 […]

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 […]

Airline stops Yangon to Kathmandu flights

The Nepal-China joint venture Himalaya Airlines has stopped direct flights between Yangon and Kathmandu a little over a year after they began due to low passenger volume, the airline’s representative in Myanmar told The Myanmar Times on Thursday. Himalaya Airlines had offered the flight twice a week since March 2017, then it suspended the flights […]

Yangon MPs Condemn Large-Scale Housing Project

Yangon Region MPs have heavily criticised the Eco Green City housing project to be built in Bago Township for failing to submit detailed plans. Dagon Township’s MP Kyaw Zayya claimed that even though everyone knew about the 1,400-acre-plus project and that Shwe Than Lwin group was behind it, not once has it been properly handled […]

License snub prompts ANA to ditch Asian Blue Myanmar airline venture

YANGON – Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc has dropped a plan to form a joint venture in Myanmar, the airline said on Monday, after its application for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) was rejected by the authorities in the Southeast Asian country. ANA established the Asian Blue joint venture last year with local investor Golden Sky […]

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 […]

NLD set to review ‘new city’ project

Within days of coming into office, Yangon Region’s new National League for Democracy-led government has started to flex its muscles over the proposed Southwest New City project. The regional administration has asked developers involved in the project to submitted detailed plans, while the NLD-dominated parliament has warned that it will be reviewed before it is […]

Residents demand pay for new Yangon bridge

Sampan operators and homeowners who have been asked to make way for a new bridge that will link downtown Yangon to a huge new development to the southwest of the city are demanding hundreds of millions of kyat in compensation. The groundbreaking ceremony for the controversial Southwest New City is scheduled for March 27, with construction to follow as fast […]

Myanmar-Japan joint venture applies for airline licence

Myanmar’s already cluttered airline industry could be about to welcome another carrier into its ranks. Japan’s ANA Holdings and Shwe Than Lwin-owned Golden Sky World have formed a joint venture and applied to set up an international airline, according to a transport ministry official. The joint venture submitted a “late application” to the outgoing government, […]