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Yangon Mingaladon Airport

Yangon International Airport serves the largest city and commercial centre of Burma (Myanmar), Yangon. The airport handles averages over 2 million passengers p/a, and is a hub for the four Burmese carriers Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Myanma Airways and Yangon Airways. Yangon is also served by over a dozes scheduled airlines from across East and Southeast Asia.

Location of Yangon Mingaladon Airport, Myanmar


 
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Myanmar domestic aviation market outlook: long-term potential but intensifying competition

16-Apr-2014 4:13 PM

Market conditions in the highly competitive Myanmar domestic airline market could become even more challenging as competition further intensifies.  There are currently eight airlines operating in Myanmar’s domestic market, with a ninth close to launching services and two more aiming to begin operations by the end of 2014.

Consolidation is likely as almost every carrier is unprofitable. But there is some hope for improvement as Myanmar has promised to put a moratorium on more start-ups and eliminate taxes on fuel and aircraft.

Passenger demand also continues to grow as Myanmar emerges as a popular tourist destination and the economy expands. There are huge long-term opportunities but for now the domestic market environment is difficult and is not particularly conducive for the low-cost model.

Myanmar LCC outlook: opportunities, led by AirAsia, but short-term challenges with low load factors

16-Apr-2014 2:15 AM

Myanmar has seen a large influx of low-cost carrier capacity over the last 18 months as the two longstanding LCC players in the market, AirAsia and Jetstar, have expanded, while three LCCs have entered. LCC traffic in Myanmar’s international market grew by 70% in 2013 as the penetration rate increased from 20% to 26%.

But the expansion has come at a cost as LCC load factors in Myanmar’s two largest international markets, Thailand and Singapore, have tumbled as competition has intensified. The average LCC international load factor in Myanmar was only 63% in 2013.

Market conditions should eventually improve as demand catches up with supply. But consolidation and/or capacity cuts are likely in the near term.

Myanma Airways to pursue major government-backed international expansion following 737 GECAS deal

13-Feb-2014 10:07 PM

Myanma Airways has unveiled an ambitious expansion plan which will see the government-owned domestic carrier pushing into Myanmar’s fast-growing but highly competitive international market. Myanma Airways plans to use a new fleet of 737-800s to launch services to North Asia in 2015, with a focus on Korea and Japan.

The carrier on 11-Feb-2014 signed an agreement with GECAS to lease 10 new 737s, including six 737-800s and four 737 MAX 8s, which will roughly double the carrier’s fleet. Myanma Airways currently operates a fleet of 10 regional aircraft, including two Embraer E190s which were leased from GECAS just over one year ago.

The expansion at Myanma Airways is somewhat controversial as it will lead to the country’s only government-owned carrier competing more with Myanmar’s fast-growing private airline sector, which includes seven carriers with up to four more to be launched in 2014. The Myanmar government is keen for local carriers to capture a larger share of Myanmar’s international market and stimulate tourism, but investing in a potentially over-ambitious expansion at Myanma Airways is a risky proposition.

Myanmar’s airlines face challenges as playing field expands and competition intensifies

12-Nov-2013 10:00 AM

Myanmar’s aviation market has huge potential for both local and foreign carriers as the country has recorded some of the highest passenger growth rates in Asia since opening up in 2012. But there are also huge challenges, including infrastructure constraints, over-capacity and unprofitability.

Myanmar currently has eight carriers with at least another four preparing to launch services. Most of these carriers focus on the domestic market, operating similar routes with similar aircraft, a similar product and a similar business model. It is too many carriers given Myanmar’s domestic market consists of less than four million annual passengers. Consolidation is inevitable.

Burmese carriers are also now struggling to compete in Myanmar’s international market as foreign airlines have nearly tripled capacity since the market opened up. Burmese carriers transported less than 300,000 international passengers in the first three quarters of 2013, accounting for less than 16% of the total market.

Myanmar international airline market suffers from growing pains. Has capacity been added too fast?

11-Nov-2013 10:00 AM

Asian carriers continue to pour additional capacity into Myanmar, building on increases which were initially pursued in 2H2012 after the market quickly opened as economic sanctions which had been in place for two decades were lifted. The Myanmar international market will exceed 110,000 weekly international seats in Jan-2014, representing an increase of about 40% compared to Jan-2012 and almost 130% compared to Apr-2012, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won landmark elections.

But so far the additional capacity has outstripped demand. International passenger traffic in Myanmar has grown by about 70% over the past two years – an impressive figure but not sufficient to keep up with the capacity increases. As a result load factors to and from Myanmar are significantly below the global average.

Nearly all of the 14 foreign carriers which were already serving Myanmar before Apr-2012 have seen load factors on their Myanmar routes drop over the last year. The nine foreign carriers which have launched and retained services to Myanmar since the market opened have also so far recorded lower than normal load factors – generally in the 50% to 70% range.

SIA, Jetstar & Tigerair drive Myanmar-Singapore growth but visa restrictions remain major impediment

8-Nov-2013 10:00 AM

The Myanmar-Singapore market is facing potential over-capacity as more flights are added, led by low-cost carriers. Tigerair launched services to Yangon in Oct-2013 while Jetstar Asia and Golden Myanmar have both unveiled plans to add capacity on the Yangon-Singapore route.

Passenger numbers between Myanmar and Singapore have increased by about 50% over the last two years. But capacity levels are now up nearly 100%.

Without a waiver of current visa restrictions it is unlikely the market will be able to absorb the additional capacity. Singapore has not approved a proposal from Myanmar to lift visa restrictions although Myanmar is the only Southeast Asian country for which Singapore requires visas. A visa free environment is particularly important for the LCCs, which are eager to stimulate demand on the Yangon-Singapore route.

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