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Yangon International Airport welcomes six millionth passenger

Yangon International Airport welcomes six millionth passenger, Food & Hotel Myanmar

Yangon International Airport (YIA) has awarded its six millionth passenger of the year, a family of three, with K1 million in cash and other valuable gifts, on December 28.

Ma Win Win Aye and her family were given a warm welcome by the chairman of airport coordination committee, representatives of Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), which operates the airport, and Singapore Airlines, which the family flew on.

Mr. Ho Chee Tong, CEO of YACL, said that “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 was able to surpass last year's end record of 5.9 million passengers.

YACL is working on raising the capacity of YIA as growth in air passenger traffic dips to its lowest level in five years. While tourist arrivals from Asian markets have continued to grow this year, travelers from the European and North American markets appear to have been impacted by international media reports on the Rakhine crisis in Myanmar.

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar received 2.5 million international visitors up to September this year, which is flat compared with the same period last year. While tourist arrivals from Thailand, China, India and Malaysia are up between 5pc and 33pc year-on-year, a drop in the number of tourists from Europe offset those gains.

This year, YACL is expecting a 2.5 percent year —on —year increase in air passenger traffic to six million in 2018. On November 15, it welcomed its 5 millionth passenger so far this year.

YIA will be working closely with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to address concerns arising from 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 location for international events, it said during a press conference last month.

YACL is conducting negotiations with Lufthansa for the German airline to operate a direct flight between Frankfurt and Yangon and also in talks with Turkish Airlines and Qantas Airways to establish direct flights between Yangon and Istanbul and Sydney, respectively, in the near future.


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