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New airlines expect OK from Burma Investment Authority
The two new national airlines expect "soon" to give the go-ahead for the launch of their national and international flights. Win Swe Tun, general manager of Burma's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), said RANGOON - Two new local airlines expect to get "soon" the go-ahead to fly both national and local regular flights.
"Both Apex and FMI are awaiting MIC ( "Myanmar Investment Commission") approvals to operate regular services. The airline plans to operate in the domestic market in Myeik, Mandalay, Heho, Rangoon, Dawei, Nyaung U and Kawthaung as well as in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The Apex Group is held by Khin Soe, a business man with interests in Burma's fisheries, hotels and oil industry.
The First Myanmar Investment (FMI) Companies affiliate provides charter air travel and a day-to-day liner shipping line between Rangoon and Naypyidaw and aims to extend it to on-flying. Currently FMI Air Charter Ltd operates charter operations with two aircraft - an ATR-42 and a Beech 1900-D from Myanma Airways.
The FMI was founded in the early 90s as part of SPA Myanmar, a conglomeration of more than 40 companies held by Burma's economic magnate Serge Pun. Yadanarpon Airlines became the latest operating presence in Burma's growing overcrowded aviation sector in February. It currently operates scheduled services to Rangoon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Kengtung, Tachiliek and Myitkyina.
In Mandalay the air company became the 8th local air company in Burma. "During the arrival of foreigners to Burma, local airlines see a growing interest in the area. Increased visitor numbers mean increased demands, so new national airlines want to buy into this market," said Win Swe Tun. "It is certain that they will not make any profits at first, but in view of the long-term investments, as the arrival of foreign airlines, they will also take national airlines with them," he said.
Currently, the German markets are Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Air Mandalay, Myanma Airways, Yangon Airways, Golden Myanmar Airlines and Mann Yadanarpon Airlines. Burma's airline is Myanmar Airways and 24 other airlines are currently active in the state. "There are many airlines around the world that are interested in flying to Burma.
A Memorandum for Understanding[MoU] will be agreed with France this week," Win Swe Tun said without comment, and added that a new codesharing agreement between Bangkok Airways and Air France will make it simpler for Europeans to travel to Burma.