Myanmar aviation Part 1: rapid international growth but challenging conditions as Emirates enters

Myanmar’s international market will experience another surge of additional capacity in 2H2016 as several new routes are launched. International passenger growth in Myanmar slowed significantly in 2015, following a period of very rapid growth, but could re-accelerate as the market again starts to capture attention.

After Qatar Airways, Emirates will become only the second airline with long haul services from Myanmar as it launches a new daily flight from Dubai to Yangon in Aug-2016. HK Express and Thai Lion Air are also planning to launch services to Myanmar over the next few months.

Myanmar is currently served by 24 foreign airlines, compared with only 13 four years ago. Myanmar’s international market has more than doubled in size since 2011, but overcapacity has been a consistent problem and conditions are likely to remain challenging as more airlines enter.

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