Yangon Mingaladon Airport
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
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Golden Myanmar Airlines
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines
Myanmar Airways International
Myanmar National Airlines
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
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, Myanmar National Airlines and Yangon Airways. Yangon is also served by over a dozes scheduled airlines from across East and Southeast Asia.
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Lion Air Group's Malaysia based Malindo is planning further rapid expansion of its international network over the next month, with four new destinations. The upcoming launch of Brisbane, Chittagong, Guangzhou and Yangon will give Malindo 33 international destinations in Apr-2017, compared to 29 currently and only 21 in Apr-2016.
Malindo Air has also added a remarkable 18 aircraft over the past year, growing its fleet from 27 aircraft in Apr-2016 to 45 aircraft currently. Malindo is planning to expand its fleet by at least 10 aircraft in 2017, including its first widebodies. Three A330-300s will enable Malindo to launch Melbourne or Sydney in 4Q2017, along with other potential medium haul routes such as Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo that cannot be operated with its current 737 fleet.
Malindo plans to add at least another five international destinations over the last eight months of 2017. The Lion Group affiliate should surpass 40 international destinations in late 2017 or early 2018, giving it as many international destinations as Malaysia Airlines.
Myanmar aviation outlook: traffic growth exceeds 16% in 2016 but local airlines continue to struggle
Myanmar was again one of the fastest growing markets in Southeast Asia – and the world – in 2016. Domestic passenger numbers were up 15% in 2016 and have doubled since 2010, while international passenger numbers increased by 17% and have doubled since 2012.
Myanmar’s aviation market grew rapidly in the period from 2012 to 2014, in the immediate aftermath of liberalisation, but growth slowed in 2015. The reacceleration of growth in 2016 could be a result of further liberalisation and another surge in visitor numbers following the late 2015 election of a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
However, Myanmar’s market continues to suffer from overcapacity and intense competition, which makes it nearly impossible for any of the 11 local airlines to become profitable. Foreign airlines dominate the international market and the domestic market is extremely fragmented, with several subscale competitors.
Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is planning further expansion of its international operation in 2017 as it gradually takes delivery of more 737-800s. MNA launched international services in Aug-2015 after taking delivery of the first of 10 737s, but fleet and network expansion have been slower than initially planned.
MNA's initial international routes have also struggled, resulting in an average international load factor of less than 50%. MNA’s performance has been improving, particularly on the Singapore route, but the government owned flag carrier still has to overcome huge obstacles if it is to become profitable.
Competition in Myanmar’s international market is extremely fierce, including on all five international routes that MNA now operates. MNA captured only a 4.5% share of Myanmar’s international market in 2016 while its local rival, privately owned Myanmar Airways International (MAI), captured only a 7.5% share. Foreign airlines have a competitive advantage, making it nearly impossible for MNA or MAI to find profitable new international routes.
Myanmar aviation Part 4: airport development enables growth but Yangon unlikely to regain hub status
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.
Myanmar’s aviation industry is approaching a critical juncture as competition intensifies between Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Myanmar National Airlines (MNA). The two former partners are now competing aggressively in an international market that likely can only support one local airline over the long term.
MAI, which was privatised in 2010, and MNA, which remains government owned, both now operate the Yangon to Bangkok and Singapore routes. More overlap is inevitable as both airlines are planning to expand their international networks.
Myanmar’s new government may relook at the previous government’s decision to fund ambitious international expansion for MNA, which previously only operated domestic services. A partnership or even merger between MNA and MAI would be sensible as the current situation seems unsustainable.
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.