Yangon International Airport awards six millionth passenger

- A Monitor Desk Report 31 Dec, 2018 | 4181 Views|-+
Dhaka: Yangon International Airport (YIA) welcomed its six millionth passenger of the year, a family of three, with precious gifts and K1 million in cash on December 28.

Ma Win Win Aye and her family were warmly greeted by the chairman of airport coordination committee, representatives of Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), which runs the airport, and Singapore Airlines, which the family flew on.

Mr. Ho Chee Tong, CEO, YACL, said, “The effort of the government in promoting Myanmar and tourism in Myanmar with the implementation of visa free entry and visa on arrival to Myanmar has had a significant impact since October 2018."

The airport managed to exceed last year's end record of 5.9 million passengers.

YACL is focusing on capacity expansion of YIA as growth in air passenger traffic falls to its lowest level in five years. While the growth of Asian tourist arrivals continued to increase this year, up between 5pc and 33pc year-on-year, European and North American travellers seem to be affected by international media reports on the Rakhine crisis in Myanmar, resulting in a slope in the number of tourists from Europe.

In 2019, YACL is expecting a 2.5 percent year-on-year increase in air passenger traffic.

YIA announced during a press conference last month that it will be working closely with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to address the slower growth and to increase international air connectivity by directly marketing to airlines to open new routes and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) organisers to promote Myanmar as a spot for global events.

Negotiations are taking place between YACL and Lufthansa for the German airline to set up a direct flight between Frankfurt and Yangon. They are also in talks with Turkish Airlines and Qantas Airways to initiate direct flights between Yangon and Istanbul and Sydney, respectively, in the near future.

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