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 […]

Myeik, Myanmar sees maiden int’l ops

NewGen Airways (E3, Bangkok Don Mueang) operated a maiden flight out of its base at Bangkok Don Mueang to Myeik in southern Myanmar on February 23, 2018, the first international service out of the latter facility, the Myanmar Times has reported. The flights will be operated 3x weekly as charter services in cooperation with local […]

Direct flights begin between Myeik Airport and Bangkok

The Bangkok-based airline, New Gen Airways has begun direct flights between the Myeik Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital in cooperation with its local partner Tun Htaik Tin Company, a senior airline official told The Myanmar Times. U Thar Du, New Gen Airways’ country manager said the regular flights started on […]

Regional Government Limits Drone Use in Yangon

The Yangon region administration department has banned the flying of drones in 16 townships to ensure the safety of aircraft landing and taking off at the Yangon International Airport. The order is effective since November 28, the agency said. People who violate the order can face up to six months imprisonment, a fine or both, the […]

DCA deploys budget, invites tenders to jazz up airports, aviation

High costs and a lack of travelers passing through some of Myanmar’s airports has resulted in at least four of the country’s ten airlines bypassing those locations altogether. Consequently, as many as eight airports have ceased operations in recent years, accounting for a quarter of Myanmar’s 32 domestic airports. Five out of the eight shuttered […]

No open tender for Nyaung-U airport upgrade

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The Nyaung-U airport in Mandalay Region will be upgraded into international airport soon, with the support from the Japanese government, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) told The Myanmar Times on August 28. The airport is near the tourist destination Bagan […]

Department to call for tenders to upgrade three domestic airports

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The tender call invites developers who are interested to upgrade the infrastructure projects through a public-private partnership (PPP) system, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of DCA told The Myanmar Times. Public-private partnerships between a government agency and private-sector company can be used to finance, construct and […]

Special Lanes for ASEAN at Yangon Airport

Yangon International Airport is ready to welcome visitors from ASEAN countries with special lanes dedicated to them. Terminal 1 was opened after extension works which started last year were completed. The three ASEAN lanes in the departure lounge are positioned at the right side of the counter and four counters at the arrival gate are […]

Burger King Sets up Second Store at New Domestic Terminal

Myanmar is getting its first ever publicly-accessible Burger King outlet, although whopper-enthusiasts will have to make their way to Yangon International Airport’s new domestic terminal to slake their hunger. The new Asia World-built domestic terminal – T3 – opened yesterday, with the first flights scheduled to take off later this week, according to Asia World. […]