Key airport information may also be found at: World Aero Data information on Myanmar
This logistics capacity assessment does not include review of military airports.
Myanmar has three international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw, of which Yangon has most handling capacity for passengers and cargo. Mandalay and Naypyitaw airport normally don’t handle cargo (except luggage) and have few international flights. There is a limited number of helicopter companies available, who mainly operate for the natural gas and oil industry and avoid to fly cargo at high altitudes in the mountains. Obtaining permission, registration and certification for foreign registered aircraft to operate inside Myanmar for emergencies can be a lengthy and complicated process.
Airports assessed for this LCA include the following
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Myanmar has been a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since 8-Aug-1948 and a member of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme, (COSCAP) South East Asia, established in 1998.
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), under the Ministry of Transport is responsible for the safe, smooth and secure operation of both domestic and international air transport in accordance with the Union of Myanmar Aircraft Act (XXII, 1934), Aircraft rules (1937, 1920 part IX) carriage by Air Act (XX, 1934) and aircraft public health rules. It’s services include:
- Air Traffic Services
- Communication and Radio Navigation Facilities
- Licensing of pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers and flight checks
- Construction, maintenance and management of airports
- Airworthiness Control
- Issue of permits and licenses to domestic and international airlines
- Conclusion of bilateral air agreements
- Relations with ICAO and other international organizations
- Training of civil aviation personnel
As of June 2016, there are about 28 international airlines and 10 domestic airlines that operate regular flights, servicing 20 regional destinations. In 2013 there were in total two runway-safety related air accidents in Myanmar with no fatalities, both by Myanmar Airways. Myanmar’s domestic airlines have varying levels of flight safety: Some are operating older aircraft and some may have had no recognized air operator audit or their regulatory oversight is below target.
Domestic Airlines operating in Myanmar (Jun 2016)
Air Kanbawza (KBZ)
Asian Wings Airways
Golden Myanmar Airlines
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines
Myanmar National Airlines
Myanmar Airways International
Union Express Charter line
Source: ICAO (Publisher), ICAO safety report 2014 edition, http://www.icao.int/safety/documents/icao_2014%20safety%20report_final_02042014_web.pdf , Date accessed: 27 Nov 2014.
DCA (Publisher) Department of Civil Aviation, http://www.mot.gov.mm/dca/ , Date accessed: 17 Nov 2014.
DCA (Publisher) Aircraft Manual, 31-Mar-2010, http://www.dca.gov.mm/images/dcafiles/files/MyanmarAircraftManual_2010.pdf, Date accessed: 17 Nov 2014.
UNDP (Publisher) Commercial Aviation Risk Management Guidelines, ISMN https://info.undp.org/global/popp/sm/pages/commercial-aviation-risk-management.aspx , Date accessed: 27 Nov 2014.
Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft
Aircraft flying into or departing from Myanmar must make their first landing or final departure from an international airport. The airline operator must obtain a permit to operate and a certificate of registration from the DCA. For clearance of entry and departure the following documents must be submitted to airport Customs, Immigration and Health according to ICAO standard: General declaration (5 copies), Passenger manifest (10 copies) and cargo manifest (3 copies) including commercial invoice, certificate of origin and certificate of value.
All aircraft operating in or over Myanmar must carry on board the certificate of registration, licences of the personnel, certificates of airworthiness, journey logbook, aircraft technical logbook and radio station permit or licence issued by the Director General of Post & Telecommunication Department. Certificates of airworthiness issued by EASA or FAA will be automatically accepted.
For clearance of non-scheduled flights, the airline operator must apply for a permit to the Director General of the DCA at least 7 days in advance for over flights and 14 days in advance for landings. The following information must be provided: name of operator, billing address, type of aircraft and aircraft registration, full itinerary, purpose of over flight or landing, consignee/consignor or charterer, contact details, local sponsor’s name and contact details, names & nationalities of passengers and/or type and nature of cargo with consignee/consignor. Consignors of dangerous cargo must apply for a permit for carriage of dangerous cargo by air to the Director General of the DCA and in copy to the Technical Director of the DCA.
In case of a complex emergency or natural disaster, permission for the import of food, humanitarian relief items and rehabilitation materials must be obtained in advance from the National Natural Disaster Management Committee. (ref: Natural Disaster Management Law, 31 Jul 2013). Airline operators are recommended to contact the Aeronautical Information Services (http://www.ais.gov.mm) for the aeronautical information essential to navigation and to obtain NOTAM (notice to Airmen) for the latest information.
Diplomatic flights should be applied for through diplomatic channels through DCA and by informing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Acceptance of foreign military aircraft: No foreign military aircraft may fly over or land in Myanmar except with the invitation or permission in writing of the president of the Union. (ref. part XV, 158, Union of Myanmar aircraft rules, 1937)
Immigration: People entering Myanmar must have a valid entrance visa (normally valid for 90 days and limited to a 28 days stay) or re-entry visa for resident aliens, obtained through a Myanmar embassy abroad or, for tourism purpose only and for citizens of the listed 67 countries, obtained through the government e-visa website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm. Visa-on-arrival is possible since 1-June-2012 at Yangon Airport for citizens of the listed 43 countries for a business visa, entry visa or 24hr transit visa. For terms and conditions to obtain Visa-on-arrival see: http://www.mip.gov.mm/portfolio/the-required-terms-and-conditions-for-visa-on-arrival/. Flight crew do not require a valid passport and visitor’s visa if they retain their licence do not leave the airport and return on the same aircraft.
For standard and official application documents relevant to the registration of foreign aircraft contact the Department of Civil Aviation. Department of Civil Aviation, http://www.mot.gov.mm/dca/
Source: DCA, Aeronautical Information Publication, AIP 3rd edition 2002, amendment 2/14 1 April 2014. http://www.ais.gov.mm