Bhamo (Banmaw) is a city in the Kachin State in northern Myanmar. Bhamo Airport was built as a Japanese Air Force base in 1942 and was attacked numerous times by Allied forces before being seized in May 1945. Bhamo Airport is in the north east of the country, close to the Chinese border, south of Myitkyina. It is currently operational for civilian use. During the assessment, only one airline company, Myanmar Airways, flies four times per week from Yangon to Bhamo Airport. The flight is scheduled every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday round trip from Yangon to Bhamo via Mandalay and Myitkyina.
Currently the Embraer 190 is the maximum airplane size that can land in Bhamo. Myanmar Airways operates basic cargo handling for passengers’ luggage. There are no special cargo handling equipment available, only five cargo trolleys. Max weight runway 3000 pounds. The airport has a basic CCTV security system in place. A walkthrough metal detector, an X-ray machine for hand-luggage and a Handheld metal detector.
Given the conditions and extremely limited services available at Bhamo Airport, Myitkyina Airport (20 minutes flight time away from Bhamo) is more suitable for humanitarian operations.
Airport Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
Airport’s Complete Name
Elevation (ft and m)
378 ft (115 m)
Managing Company or Airport Authority
Department of Civil Aviation
Management Contact Person
NGO and/or UN Presence at Airport?
2286 m x 30.48 m
030 / 151
Bituminous tar or asphalt, mixed in place.
Airport Infrastructure Details
Passenger / Cargo Security Screening
Yes, MPPE JetA1, drum, hand pump
Ground Handling Services
Yes, manual baggage trolleys only
Air Traffic Control
Fire Fighting Equipment
Yes, 6 units of 50 kg chemical dry powder,
2 kg foam, and fire engine.
Aircraft Parking Space
Yes, 200 x 300 feet
Yes, inner fencing
Fuel Services Charges
Currently there is no fuel storage capacity and fuel refilling services at Bhamo Airport. Planes refuel at either Mandalay or Myitkyina Airports where the flights normally transit for a short time. There is no direct flight from Yangon to Bhamo.
Royalties / Non Objection Fees (NOFs)