Yangon International Airport (YIA) is strategically located between India and China with two-thirds of the world’s population within six hours flying range including cities such as Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing and New Delhi. YIA is the busiest and largest airport in Myanmar.
In 2015, YIA handled a total of 4.68 million passengers, which grew by 6.5% compared to the previous year. As of 01 March 2016, 26 airlines operate to/from 21 international destinations while 10 airlines operate 25 domestic routes.
Over the last few years, Myanmar has seen tremendous growth in visitor traffic. As the country is set to experience more exponential growth, YIA, being the main gateway into Myanmar, is expanding to meet future demands.
Current Expansion Projects
YIA is undergoing its biggest expansion to date. The opening of T1 is part of the first phase of YIA’s development to handle greater passenger capacity as Myanmar continues to undergo economic reforms, which is expected to increase demand for aviation services in the country.
Terminal 1 was officially opened by President U Thein Sein on 12 March 2016. With the expansion in capacity and continued integration of facilities, YIA paves the way for Myanmar to continue welcoming a rapidly growing number of business and leisure travelers to the country.
YIA’s expansion will comprise of:
- Works for a new Domestic Terminal which has already begun;
- Expansion works to the current T1;
- Construction of a VIP and CIP Terminal; and
- Construction of a multi-storey car park
On top of that, plans for an airport city are being conceptualized. The future airport city will further boost Myanmar’s attractiveness as a travel destination with facilities and amenities close to the airport. These facilities may include hospitality, commercial and retail developments.