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Yangon International Airport (YIA) yesterday held a special reception to thank its airline partners for their support for its plans to enhance its facilities and work more closely together with them to ensure that it can handle the rise in passengers expected by Myanmar’s decision to relax its entry visa requirements.

The reception – held at Mingalar Sky Lounge in Terminal 3 – was attended by the Department of Civil Aviation’s Director-General, U Min Lwin, and Deputy Director, U Ye Htut Aung, the airpport’s airline customers, business partners and the YIA team.

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), operator of YIA, expressed gratitude for the partners’ continuing support and help in growing tourism and civil aviation in Myanmar.

Following the government’s efforts to ease visa regulations last year, the number of Asian travellers to Myanmar has increased significantly, with China contributing the majority of visitors.

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Two new airlines and five new routes this year means that YIA is today served by 32 international airlines, which between them serve 30 destinations across the globe.

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 3.2 million international visitors, 38% of which came from China, arrived in Myanmar between January and November 2018 – up 2% on the corresponding period a year ago.

Ho Chee Tong, chief executive officer of YACL, said: “We look forward to further co-operation with members of the aviation industry, and a better 2019. 

“We are continuously working to improve YIA’s facilities and operations, and are marketing aggressively to add fight routes in preparation for the increase in passenger demand.

“We are ready to work with the government and our valued airline partners to boost growth.”

Incorporated on 3rd October 2015, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar. 

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