Myanmar domestic airline sector reaches 10 competitors as FMI, APEX launch & Air Mandalay restarts

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Competition has further intensified in Myanmar’s domestic market as two more airlines have launched services while Air Mandalay has resumed operations after a six-month hiatus. There are now 10 airlines operating domestic scheduled services in Myanmar, a staggering figure for a market of only 2.2 annual million passengers.

On most main trunk routes competition is fierce with as up to eight carriers competing, often with nearly identical schedules. Consolidation seems inevitable and several airlines in Myanmar have been seeking new investors.

The latest start-ups, APEX Airlines and FMI Air, sought to carve out a niche with bases at the sleepy capital Nay Pyi Taw. But capacity on the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw route, which saw less than 100,000 passengers in 2014, has quickly doubled as two of the existing carriers, Air KBZ and Asian Wings, entered at nearly the same time as the two start-ups.

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