Yangon International Airport passenger traffic up 6.5% in nine months, driven by new routes

The apron area of Yangon International Airport.  Photo: Supplied
The apron area of Yangon International Airport.  Photo: Supplied

Passenger traffic at Yangon International Airport, the main aviation gateway of Myanmar, climbed to 4.60 million in the first nine months of 2019, an increase of 6.5 per cent compared to the year-ago period, according to an announcement on Friday by Yangon Aerodrome Company (YACL), the operator of the airport.
During the same period last year, passenger traffic at the airport was recorded at 4.32 million.
The YACL said the increase was due to the addition of new routes – mainly to cater to the Chinese market.
In the last 12 months, YIA has added two routes with three new airlines. International passengers accounted for 70 per cent of the total air passenger movement in January-September compared with 67.5 per cent in the year-ago period. Domestic passenger movement declined marginally by 1.7
per cent in the January-September period compared to a year ago.
However, domestic ATM declined 12.5 per cent, due in part to local carriers upgrading their fleet to bigger aircraft as well as a considerable number of flights being canceled by the national airliners.
YIA currently serves 35 international airlines connecting to 33 cities in 12 countries in Asia and two countries in the Middle East. A year ago, the YIA served 31 airlines connecting to 31 cities in 15 countries.
China, Thailand, and Japan were the countries that chiefly contributed to the increase in YIA’s international passenger movement.
YIA has been actively targeting other markets for the expansion of its international routes with the recent addition of IndiGo Airlines which is offering daily flights from Kolkata, India to Yangon, and Kunming Airlines connecting Kunming, China to
“The increase in YIA’s international air traffic underscores the efforts of everyone in Myanmar. YACL will continue to improve safety, efficiencies, and customer service at YIA in support of the state policy for visa-free and visa-on-arrival services to promote Myanmar’s tourism industry. We have also increased marketing efforts to boost tourism growth,” said Mr. Ho Chee Tong, the chief executive officer of the YACL.— GNLM

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