YANGON, 1 February, 2019: Yangon International Airport looks forward to welcoming more airlines as travel demand grows following Myanmar’s relaxation of entry visa requirements late last year.
Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited, that manages Yangon’s international airport, said it is increasing airport facilities and stepping up marketing to open new international routes.
Addressing a thank-you diner for the airport’s airline clients, Department of Civil Aviation director-general, U Min Lwin, said efforts to ease visa regulations, last year, had attracted more Asian travellers to the country mostly driven by additional flights from China.
As of January 32 international airlines serve 30 international destinations from Yangon’s airport. Last year, the airport added two airlines and five new destinations.
According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, January to November 2018, the country welcomed 3.2 million international visitors, 38% of which came from China. It represented a 2% increase compared to the previous year.
The same period saw 945,022 Asian travellers visiting the country, with China contributing 259,592 travellers.
YACL chief executive officer, Ho Chee Tong, noted passenger traffic reached 6.03 million in 2018.
“We look forward to further cooperation with members of the aviation industry for a better 2019. We are ready to work with the government and our valued airline partners to boost growth,” he added.
Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited was established in October 2015 to manage Yangon International Airport.