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Myanmar Aviation Security - Yangon (Rangoon) Message Board
In July 2016 we travel with our three small kids (9,9 and 11) from Thailand to Myanmar for several nights. As we have little to spare, we will fly from Mandalay to Bagan and Inle before returning to Thailand. I' ve made 50 domestic trips to Myanmar and I'm still looking forward to my next one.
There are now only a few aircraft and only a few aircraft remaining. We' ve just taken three planes, two of them were Air KBZ and one was Yangon Air. We had no problem and the flight was punctual and trouble-free. If we do not comply with our policies, we will delete any postings and we retain the right to delete postings for any cause.
The Myanmar Boom Wanes as overcapacity bites
Myanmar expanded rapidly when it was opened to the global community in 2012. Some 2 million non-German flights carry around 2 million people. Up to 2014, the global passenger traffic increased to 3. 2 million travellers travelling with nine overseas companies, taking the overall number of intercontinental companies to 22.
During the first half of 2015, the three major intercontinental hubs Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw Airport carried approximately 1.7 million intercontinental travellers, an increment of only 10 per cent over the same year. As of October 2015, the last few months with provisional figures, Myanmar's three main airfields were growing by only 4 per cent and handling 300,365 people.
Whereas very few companies were increasing their capacities in 2015, two new non-German companies were competing, increasing the overall number of non-German companies to 24. Vietjet commenced non-stop operations between Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon in October with five round-trip airlines per weekly, while Novoair-Bangladesh's second airline, which arrived in Myanmar, started a maiden service from Dhaka to Yangon in early December.
Thailand Airways has officially handed over the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-to-Mandalay service to its Thai Airways affiliate Thai Mmile. In October, the low-budget carriers made their maiden voyage from Bangkok to Mandalay and took off on a second maiden voyage to Yangon in December. Hong Kong Express is also planning to fly to Yangon and Mandalay this month[February 2016].
Burma's airline companies have seen their shares of the markets decline with so many mixed overseaslines. Recent available figures show that Myanmar-based companies represented only 13 per cent of the global air transport markets in 2014, up from 15 per cent in 2013 and 19 per cent in 2012. Golden Myanmar discontinued its Airbus A320 flights on two very competitively priced flights, Yangon-Bangkok and Yangon-Singapore in May 2015.
In 2015, Myanmar Airways lately launched two new services, Taipei and Kunming, for a combined of six major destinations. The state-owned airline Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is hoping to win where Golden Myanmar was not.
This $960 million transaction was the biggest US business to sell to Myanmar in Myanmar in the past few years and the biggest individual order in the country's entirety. The MNA honored its pledge in August by launching flights from Yangon to Singapore to end the 22-year break from the world.
MNA added a second itinerary, Yangon-Hong Kong, on December 4 and is planning to involve Chiang Mai by the end of 2015. Notwithstanding MNA' s bullish outlook, Burma' s airlines are relatively unfamiliar outside their home markets, making it difficult for them to expand internationally. In addition, destinations such as Yangon-Singapore are already experiencing overcapacities, with the Singapore Airline Group already having a 62 per cent stake in the overall seating capacities.
Myanmar's home is no better. MNA is the biggest national airline with 27 locations, but is in tough competitive pressure with no less than nine other airlines and is therefore experiencing very little local territory expansion. The number of German air travelers per year in 2013 was 1.9 million, an 5.5 per cent rise over 2012 - in 2014 the airport increased by 16 per cent to 2.2 million people.
Definitive 2015 is also expected to be moderate, although 1.2 fewer travellers were registered in Myanmar's home country in the first half of the year, an increase of 10% over the same 2014 timeframe. As most of the German flights are suffering from overcapacities, FMI Air is positioned as a top quality airline.
It currently runs two Bombard CRJ200 aircraft to three targets, Yangon, Naypyitaw and Sittwe. While FMI has a 36 per cent stake in the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw service, it competes with MNA, Asian Wings, Air KBZ and Apex Airlines, all operating on the same service.