Myanmar gets four new private airlines

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Yangon airportFour new local airlines will be launched in Myanmar in the near future after having submitted application for operation permission with the country’s Department of Civil Aviation, Eleven Myanmar reported.

The airlines are Yadanabon, Saga, Apex and FMI, all owned by Myanmar investors. Yadanabon and Saga will have their base in Mandalay, and the rest will base in the capital Naypyitaw, according to the report.

FMI already operates some charter flights within Myanmar with leased aircraft from Myanmar Airways and wants to expand its network with its own aircraft.

The airlines chose Mandalay and Naypyitaw airports as a base because the authorities have restricted the number of airlines to be based at busy Yangon International Airport, the main gateway to the country.

There are seven local airlines already operating in the country, which are Air Bagan, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Myanmar Airways, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Air KBZ and Air Mandalay.

To ease congestion at Yangon International Airport, Myanmar has started works on a new airport some 80 kilometers north of Yangon, Hanthawaddy International Airport. The new site will cover an area of 3,924 hectares and cost around $1 billion to construct.

It is slated for opening in 2017 and will be able to handle up to 12 million passengers a year, but could be expanded in phases to accommodate 35 million passengers a year. Its facilities will also be able to support A380s.

The project will be undertaken as a public private partnership or a joint venture according to specifications that were drawn up by the Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport.

In comparison, Yangon International Airport, built on 405 hectares, handled slightly less than 500,000 visitors in 2012 but will be upgraded to handle up to 6 million passengers annually.

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Four new local airlines will be launched in Myanmar in the near future after having submitted application for operation permission with the country’s Department of Civil Aviation, Eleven Myanmar reported.

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Yangon airportFour new local airlines will be launched in Myanmar in the near future after having submitted application for operation permission with the country’s Department of Civil Aviation, Eleven Myanmar reported.

The airlines are Yadanabon, Saga, Apex and FMI, all owned by Myanmar investors. Yadanabon and Saga will have their base in Mandalay, and the rest will base in the capital Naypyitaw, according to the report.

FMI already operates some charter flights within Myanmar with leased aircraft from Myanmar Airways and wants to expand its network with its own aircraft.

The airlines chose Mandalay and Naypyitaw airports as a base because the authorities have restricted the number of airlines to be based at busy Yangon International Airport, the main gateway to the country.

There are seven local airlines already operating in the country, which are Air Bagan, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Myanmar Airways, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Air KBZ and Air Mandalay.

To ease congestion at Yangon International Airport, Myanmar has started works on a new airport some 80 kilometers north of Yangon, Hanthawaddy International Airport. The new site will cover an area of 3,924 hectares and cost around $1 billion to construct.

It is slated for opening in 2017 and will be able to handle up to 12 million passengers a year, but could be expanded in phases to accommodate 35 million passengers a year. Its facilities will also be able to support A380s.

The project will be undertaken as a public private partnership or a joint venture according to specifications that were drawn up by the Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport.

In comparison, Yangon International Airport, built on 405 hectares, handled slightly less than 500,000 visitors in 2012 but will be upgraded to handle up to 6 million passengers annually.

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