Yangon International Airport Handled 6.5M Passengers in 2019
Feb 27, 2020

Yangon, 27 February, 2020 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (“YACL”), the Airport Management company of Yangon International Airport (“YIA”), announced today that the main aviation gateway of Myanmar closed 2019 with a record high of 6.5 million passenger movements, lifted by new routes across Asia.

Air passenger movements in 2019 are the highest since YACL took over YIA operations in 2015, rising 7.9% compared to 6.03 million in 2018.

YACL said international passenger movements in 2019 rose 7.9%, supported by new airlines and additional routes, mainly from the Chinese and Indian markets. December 2019 was the busiest month of the year, recording 685,910 passenger movements and 7,425 air traffic movements (“ATM”).

During the year, YIA welcomed 10 new international airlines and added seven new destinations. YACL has been actively targeting new markets to expand YIA’s international routes. The most recent additions are flydubai’s daily scheduled flights from Dubai, UAE, and IndiGo Airlines’ daily flights from Kolkata, India.

Among YIA’s markets in 2019 (compared to 2018) China grew fastest, rising 36%. This was followed by Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

While passenger traffic increased, air traffic movements decreased to 71,988 landings and take-offs in 2019 from 72,242 in 2018. This reflects a trend of carriers upgrading their fleet to bigger aircraft. YACL implemented several initiatives in pursuit of operational efficiency, safety and service quality at the airport.

YACL had commissioned the Global Safety Network Diploma Programme conducted by Airports Council International internally with the participation from the Department of Civil Aviation. A total of 85 personnel participated in various modules of the Programme with 6 graduating with Gold Diplomas and 5 with Silver Diplomas.

YACL had also signed an MOU with Lux-Development S.A., Luxembourg’s aid and development agency, to provide Student Internship Programmes aimed at local tourism and travel students interested in aviation and airport operations. YACL hopes to create a pool of aviation professionals capable of meeting the growing demands of the industry.

The airport also added the Mingalar Sky Lounge, Myanmar’s first-ever 24-hour premium service lounge, in August 2019. It offers dedicated, round-the-clock services for travelers, including those on transit.

Mr. Ho Chee Tong, YACL’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “It has been a very busy year for YACL. The Myanmar Government’s proactive stepsto raise tourism awareness internationally and the relaxation of visa requirements have boosted the growth of YIA’s passenger numbers. We will continue our collaboration with the various Ministries and stakeholders as well as raise the capability of our colleagues to improve on the airport’s safety, efficiency and service quality.”

“In view of the recent spread of COVID-19 that has significantly impacted the travel industry, we will continue to ensure public health safety for our airport users,” he added.

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About Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL)
Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar. As the company responsible for Myanmar’s busiest airport, YACL sets the standard for YIA as a high-performing aviation hub, built on a foundation of daily excellence in infrastructure, operations and management.

Strategically located between India and China, Myanmar is less than six hours by air from two-thirds of the world’s population. With Myanmar gaining popularity as a travel destination, YACL is committed to scaling up YIA’s handling capacity for visitor traffic while continuously providing quality experiences for passengers and airlines alike.

YIA has 47 retail and service stores and 23 F&B outlets. With 37 international airlines connecting Myanmar to 38 destinations, YIA served a total of 6.5 million passengers in 2019.

For media queries, please contact the YACL Media Office at media.relations@yangon.aero.