Friday, August 18, 2017

Passengers up sharply at Yangon Airport: govt

The number of international passengers using Yangon International Airport rose 21.65 percent in the first three months of 2011 to 510,000, state media reported last week.

The August 11 report said passenger growth on domestic airlines had been even stronger, with 360,000 travellers in the first quarter, a 23.47pc increase on the same period last year.

The airport is this year expected to receive more than the two million travellers who passed through it in 2010, the report said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said the airport’s capacity would increase by 40pc when a planned expansion was completed.

In June, the government announced a project to increase the airport’s capacity from 2.7 million to 3.8 million passengers a year.

“We need to expand and upgrade Yangon International Airport … to be able to handle 3.8 million passengers a year,” he said.

He said the expansion would see more immigration counters installed at departure and arrival lounges to ensure a smoother flow of passengers.

The DCA spokesperson said the government also plans to upgrade Yangon’s ageing domestic terminal, which was already well above its capacity of 800,000 passengers.