Yangon Mingaladon Airport
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- Air China
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Asian Wings Airways
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
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.
Location of Yangon Mingaladon Airport, Myanmar
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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.
Thai Lion Air accelerates international expansion with Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta & Yangon
Thai Lion Air is planning ambitious international expansion over the next few months, with the resumption of service to Indonesia and the launch of flights to Myanmar and Vietnam. The Lion Group affiliate also seeks to add several destinations in mainland China, including Beijing and Guangzhou.
Thai Lion has primarily focused on domestic expansion since launching services in late 2013. Further domestic expansion is planned for 2016 with the launch of three new destinations and more capacity on existing routes, but the focus is shifting to Thailand’s larger international market.
Domestic opportunities are becoming relatively limited as Thai Lion will soon serve all the main domestic routes and offer nearly as much domestic capacity as its two long-established LCC competitors. International expansion is necessary but also challenging, as Thailand’s short haul international market has become extremely competitive.
Qatar Airways is planning further expansion in Southeast Asia in 2016, driven by the resumption of flights to Cebu and a new nonstop service to Hanoi. Qatar had dropped Cebu in 2012, while Hanoi has been served via Bangkok since it was launched in 2010.
Qatar already has more Southeast Asian destinations than any Gulf airline: 12. It currently has 147 weekly passenger flights to Southeast Asia, having added 25 frequencies in 2015.
In addition to Cebu, Qatar is planning to add at least one more undisclosed destination to its Southeast Asian network in 2016. It has been seeking approval to serve Surabaya, which would be Qatar’s third Indonesian destination, and has also been evaluating Chiang Mai, which would be its third destination in Thailand.
Few low cost airlines have had route pickings as lucrative as those of HK Express. Although its hub airport of Hong Kong has significant slot restrictions and an underwhelming business reception to LCCs, there was significant pent-up demand. This was especially the case to markets in Northeast Asia, where LCC penetration remains lower than in Southeast Asia. HK Express' relaunch as an LCC in Oct-2013 fortuitously coincided with the depreciating Japanese yen and Korean won, further boosting outbound Hong Kong travel. In Feb-2016, 43% of HK Express' seats are to just three cities: Osaka, Seoul and Tokyo.
In Feb-2016 HK Express will operate 13 A320s but plans rapid growth to 50 by the end of 2018, effectively requiring the airline to take one aircraft every month for the next three years. HK Express plans to open four to six new markets in 2016, and at the end of the year will receive its first A320neo and A321ceo. Existing markets could expect additional capacity (frequency increase or replacing A320s with A321s). But as HK Express saturates core opportunities in existing markets, it will need to grow in the more classical LCC sense of stimulating demand in destinations largely new to Hong Kong. Already it plans to open new destinations around Southeast Asia (Laos, Myanmar) and the Pacific Islands (Guam, Saipan). Sister full service airline Hong Kong Airlines also plans to serve Saipan, highlighting the growing challenge of overlap between the two airlines, which do not have a defined dual brand strategy.