At the request of the Magway Regional Government, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is planning to resume flight services between Yangon and Magway from April-end, said Dr. Aung Moe Nyo, the region’s Chief Minister. The flights will be operated once a week on Tuesdays.
The Magway regional government had asked the Ministry to resume flight services between the two airports, and operate flights twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
“The Myanmar National Airlines will now operate Yangon-Magway flights once a week, with the flight to Magway leaving from Yangon airport between 8.00 and 9.30 and the return flight leaving Magway between 10.00 and 11.30. The airlines will use Caravan aircrafts on the route. With few passengers flying on the route, it is possible the airline may not recover costs, leave alone make a profit,” said Dr. Aung Moe Nyo.
“The Ministry of Transport and Communications submitted a proposal in this regard to the Union government on 15 February. In a communication on 4 March, the Union government confirmed it received the proposal,” he said.
“The MNA will come and build staff quarters and the airline office, once they receive instructions from the authorities concerned. A ticket sales counter needs to be opened in the downtown area for the convenience of passengers. If international and domestic airlines use Magway airport, the operating costs may be recovered,” said U Min Aung, the officer in charge of the Magway airport.
The Magway Airport was constructed on 818.82 acres of land. It was opened on 6 June, 2003, but was operational only for a few years. Since 2006, no airplane has landed in the region, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (Magway).
— Zeyatu (Magway)
(Translated by Hay Mar)