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Explained: Why the flight service from Imphal to Mandalay is important

A chartered flight service from Mandalay in Myanmar to Imphal in Manipur will be operational thrice a month. What exactly is this service, and why is it important? Last week, Myanmar’s private airlines Air KBZ kicked off a chartered flight service from Manipur’s state capital Imphal to Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay. On the inaugural flight […]

Myanmar gives more tourists visa-on-arrival access in move to open up

Tourists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Russia have been given visa-on-arrival access for US$50 each at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Starting from October 1, passport holders from the six countries will no longer require pre-arranged approval, the authorities said. “We hope the new regulations to ease access to Myanmar […]

Thandwe in Rakhine to receive international-airport status

The government has approved the upgrade of a local airport in Thandwe, Rakhine State to international status, said U Kyaw Aye Thein, Rakhine State Planning and Finance Minister. The decision was made at the Union level after the Rakhine State Government submitted the request to upgrade, he said. The authorities were responding to private sector […]

3 businesses with operations in this fast-growing asian country

Myanmar is considered the “final frontier” in Asia — both literally and metaphorically — as it is one of the last countries within Asia to open its doors to foreign investors in recent years. In the last decade or so, countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have opened up to the outside world, and […]

Air KBZ to resume Myeik, Sittwe flights

Air KBZ will resume flights to Myeik and Sittwe from May 1 onwards. The airline had suspended flights to Myeik for three years and to Sittwe for one. It will now resume flights on these routes on the back of higher demand. Domestic tour operators confirmed that the number of local visitors to Mergui Archipelago […]

Telenor Myanmar to expand 4G network, human capitalCorporate

In respond to the constraints of mobile data availability beyond the major cities in Myanmar, Telenor Myanmar will continue to expand its 4G rollout and the company’s teams of representatives, said chief executive Sharad Mehrotra. Mehrotra said at the 6th Sustainable Business Briefing on Friday that the firm would focus on improving mobile connectivity through […]

Tapping the tourism potential of the Myeik Archipelago

A comprehensive plan is urgently needed to encourage and guide tourism development in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos. Since October 1, Myanmar and foreign travellers have been permitted to visit pearl farms in the vast and spectacularly beautiful Myeik Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off southern Tanintharyi Region. The opening of a key […]

Sichuan Airlines arrives in Yangon

Sichaun Airlines launched its first flight to Yangon (RGN) on 13 November, the day in which it started services from Xi’an (XIY). The 2,317-kilometre connection will be flown three times weekly using A320s, with the route facing no direct competition. Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport said: “Sichuan Airlines connects Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, […]

Thinking global, acting local

They were born at a time when Myanmar was in the throes of irreversible change; when the dictatorship that gripped the country for decades was losing its stranglehold on the people’s unrelenting and uncompromising bid to regain their freedom. They were too young to understand the 1988 Uprising, but some of them were already old […]

Indonesia Wants Direct Jakarta-Yangon Air Links

INDONESIAN government is requesting Myanmar to allow direct flights connecting Jakarta and Yangon to spur tourism and business activities between both nations. Dr Ito Sumardi, Indonesian ambassador in Yangon told The Myanmar Times on July 14 that in 2015, the Myanmar Airlines International (MAI) and Indonesia’s state-owned Garuda Airlines signed a deal but it did […]