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Myanmar Airports: Brand New One Is in the Wings 22 Feb 2013 Accommodations | 1 comments

During Myanmar's isolation, its airports were neglected for a time, but now the nation's airports are getting spruced up.


image source from: http://www.myanmars.net/

Yangon International Airport was the pride of Southeast Asia in the 1950s, but it has been struggling to cope with the influx of visitors despite getting a make-over in 2007. It can handle 2.7 million passengers a year, and is to be expanded early in 2013 to take on another million. By 2015, with ongoing development, it should handle 5.3 million travelers, still likely to fall short of demand.

A New Airport

Which is why there is a whole new airport in the wings, ready to take up the shortfall. The Hanthawaddy International Airport project moves ahead this year. It’s being built on an unused former Japanese airfield near Bago, 77 km (48 miles) north of Yangon on a 9,000-acre (3,642-hectare) site.

A new hotel zone is being planned between the two airports and provide accommodation to travelers on their way in and out of Yangon. If all goes well, the new airport will be finished in 2016 and will handle 10 million passengers a year.

Myanmar (Burma) has two other international airports, in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw).

The Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw) airport is very new and is Myanmar’s third largest after Mandalay. Built right next to the official capital’s old airport, its ribbon was cut in 2011. It can now handle 3.5 million passengers a year. But it’s pretty quiet there right now, a long way from the 10.5 million passengers the airport will be able to handle once development is complete.


image source from: Wagaung

Air traffic is picking up, with the Southeast Asia Games in 2013 and other events in the pipeline for Nay Pyi Taw. So it is possible the airport will hit capacity and the next two stages of construction will go ahead in the not-too-distant future.

Myanmar (Burma) also has more than 40 domestic airports and they’ll be getting some attention, too.

Japan is helping out with an upgrade in air navigation and weather systems at Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei. There are also plans afoot to upgrade Dawei airport in southern Burma to international status to better serve the Dawei deep-sea port development.


If you're on your way and are looking for a place to stay in Myanmar, be sure to check out our featured hotel recommendations.

Start exploring our What to See & Do section for more ideas on where to go and what to do while you're in Myanmar!

What do the travelers say?

transientbeauty, Canada
April 05, 2013
looks like the Chinese built some of the airports though, in Mandalay I felt like I was in China

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