Yangon Airport handles 2.32m passengers through April

Yangon International Airport served 2.32 million passengers in the first four months of the year, a number that increased 4.2 percent from 2.22 million passengers in the same period last year, according to the airport.

The reason for the growth in traffic was the addition of routes and destinations a few months ago, said Ho Chee Tong, CEO of Yangon Aerodrome Co. Ltd. (YACL), which operates the airport.

“While domestic air travel has slowed, our international expansion has clearly borne fruit. As the operator of the international air gateway to Myanmar, YACL will continue to build on this momentum to open up routes to more Asian destinations in the near future,” he said.

On April 2, 2019, China Eastern Airlines launched thrice-weekly services to Yangon from Hohhot (Inner Mongolia) via Kunming. On March 28, 2019, Sichuan Airlines launched twice-weekly flights to Yangon from Chengdu.

According to YACL, the growth in traffic from January through April was driven by international travellers, who increased 7.9pc from a year ago, despite a 3.1pc decline in domestic passengers in the same period.

In 2018, the airport served the passengers on 30 international airlines connecting Myanmar to 32 destinations. The airport welcomed 5.92 million passengers in 2017, 6.035 million in 2018, and that number is likely to grow in 2019.

The YACL also announced in 2018 that it will increase the capacity of the airport and step up marketing to open new international routes because YIA was facing the slow growth in air passenger traffic.

Over the past five years, the number of passengers using the airport had grown an average of 8.6pc per year.

YACL said that while tourist arrivals from Asia continue to grow, those from Europe and North America appear to have been hurt by media reports of the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State.

YACL took over the airport’s operation in October 2015 under a public-private partnership from Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The agreement is for 30 years, with an option to renew for a further 20.

Source: Myanmar Times

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