Myanmar aviation Part 4: airport development enables growth but Yangon unlikely to regain hub status

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Myanmar is on track to accommodate rapid aviation growth following major airport investments at Yangon. Expansion of the current Yangon airport and construction of a new airport support an initiative to grow Myanmar’s promising tourism sector rapidly.

The upgraded Yangon Airport is also keen to take on a hub role, regaining a position it had several decades ago when it served as a stop for flights heading between Asia and Europe. A much larger local airline would be needed for Yangon to develop fully as a hub.

All Nippon Airways and a local partner are proposing a new joint venture international airline, Asian Blue, which could potentially support Yangon’s hub aspirations. However, the business case for Asian Blue is not clear-cut, as the new airline will have to compete against Myanmar’s two existing international airlines. There will also be stiff competition from Southeast Asia’s established network airlines and hubs.

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