Yangon International Airport – Southeast Asia’s Best Airport
Yangon International Airport is the international airport of Burma and the third largest airport in the country. It is located in Mingaladon, 15 kilometers away from Yangon.
The airport has two terminals and one runway which is 3.414 meters long. The old terminal is used for domestic flights and the new, improved terminal is used for the international flights.
The airport’s authorities are looking forward to extend it and to improve its current capacity of only 2.7 million passengers although in 2012 over 3.1 million people passed the airport’s gates.
It is also the hub for the following airlines: Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings Airways, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Myanma Airways, Myanmar Airways International and Yangon Airways.
You have cabs waiting for you just outside the airport so you can reach Yangon as soon as you arrive. No time waste is allowed on this airport as it is a small airport but very effective otherwise it couldn’t had handled 4 million people over its capacity as happened in 2012.
During World War II, the airfield as RAF Mingaladon was used for military purposes as it was a base for fighting aircrafts such as the following: No. 60 Squadron RAF, Bristol Blenheim I, No. 67 Squadron RAF, Brewster F2A Buffalo, Hawker Hurricane lls, No. 618 Squadron RAF, Supermarine Spitfire and several others.
This military base was involved in many missions during World War II and today’s airport was built over the old Mingaladon in 1947 and it was referred to at one moment in history as the best airport in Southeast Asia.
In 2003 a modernization program begin and ended up by having a new terminal built and several other facilities such as: separate rooms for arriving and departing to avoid the crowds, an easier to use check-in system and automated system for the baggage handling, four air bridges, special lounges for business people and government’s people and a two floor park with 340 parking spots.
In 2013 the airport had the surprise to receive a new contract worth 130 million dollars in order to expand the airport even more. In the new plans the airport is likely to receive a new apron and also a new domestic terminal.
Due to the large number of airlines that are using this airport as their hub the fleet of the airport is great.
Air Bargan has currently in use the following aircrafts: two ATR 42, two ATR 72 and one Fokker 100.
Myanmar Airways International has in use the following airplanes: one ATR 72, three Airbus A319-100 and one Airbus A320-200.
Also Air KBZ operates four ATR 72-500 and two ATR 72-600.
The airport didn’t win any award by now although it was one of the most modern airports in Southeast Asia, some even claim that it was the best in that particular area.
Routes and Destinations
The busiest routes of the airport are to: Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur; Don Muang, Bangkok and Seoul.
Here is a list with some of the cities to which you can travel: Bagan, Dawei, Pathein, Mandalay, Chiang Mai, Danka, Taipei, Singapore, Kunming, Guangzhou, Gaya, Doha etc.
Why fly via Yangon International Airport?
How to Check-In
There isn’t any information on how to check in on the website but you have several stands where you can check-in in the airport. It doesn’t take long due to the small amount of passengers that are flying via this airport.
In order to be sure you should contact the airport’s authorities and ask for more information regarding the check-in.
Baggage and Allowance
As said above here is not much information as well, the policy on luggage differs from airline to airline and again you should contact your flight agent or the airport’s staff and ask for detailed information so you don’t end up paying extra charges for the simple motive that you didn’t know how many kilograms your luggage can have.
The Airbus A319-100 has the following seating: 32 standard seats for the business class and 90 standard seats for the economy class. Also the Airbus A320-200 has 8 recliner seats for the business class and 135 standard seats for the travel class.
The booking fee depends on your destination, date of the flight, the itinerary of the flight, on how much time before the flight you booked, extra services that you opted for. In order to be sure it is highly recommended to ask at the information stand at the airport about the total cost if a flight or ask your travel agent as there is no fix price for a booking. You don’t want to end up paying more than you can afford because of one simple mistake such as not asking vital questions.