Yangon International Airport

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Yangon International Airport


RGN is located in Burma
Location of airport in Burma
Airport type Public
Owner Government of the Republic of Union of Myanmar
Operator Ministry of Transportation
Serves Yangon
Location Mingaladon 11021, Yangon
Yangon Division, Burma
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 109 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 16°54′26″N 96°07′59″E / 16.90722°N 96.13306°E / 16.90722; 96.13306Coordinates: 16°54′26″N 96°07′59″E / 16.90722°N 96.13306°E / 16.90722; 96.13306
Website www.ygnia.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,200 3,414 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 3,100,000

Yangon International Airport (Burmese: ရန်ကုန်အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာလေဆိပ်; MLCTS: Yan Gon a pyi pyi hsai ya hlay hsate [jàɴɡòʊɴ əpjìpjì sʰàɪɴjà lèzeɪʔ]) (IATA: RGNICAO: VYYY), located in Mingaladon, at 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of downtown Yangon, is the primary international airport of Burma and the third largest airport in the country after Mandalay international airport and Nay Pyi Taw international airport. Once, it was regarded as the best and most modern airport in Southeast Asia[citation needed].

The airport's old terminal is used exclusively for domestic flights, and the new terminal, in operation since May 2007, handles international flights. The airport, which can handle 2.7 million passengers a year,[1] handled 800,000 international passengers and 1.2 million domestic passengers in 2006.[2] All five Burmese carriers and about 20 international airlines operate out of Yangon International. In June 2011, the government announced plans to expand the airport by 40% and increase its capacity from 2.7 million passengers to 3.8 million passengers, annually.[3] The airport is already over its annual capacity of 2.7 million passengers, having accepted 3.1 million in 2012.[4]


The check in desks in international terminal

During World War II, the airfield as RAF Mingaladon served as an operating base for fighter aircraft such as No. 60 Squadron RAF from February 1941 to February 1942 flying Bristol Blenheim I, No. 67 Squadron RAF from October 1941 to March 1942 flying Brewster F2A Buffalo and Hawker Hurricane IIs, No. 135 Squadron RAF from January-February 1942 flying Hawker Hurricane IIs, No. 681 Squadron RAF from June to September 1945 flying Supermarine Spitfire and the 3rd Squadron, 1st American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) of the Chinese Air Force flying Curtiss P-40s. There was also a Communication Flight of the Burma Volunteer Air Force equipped with Tiger Moths and Westland Lysanders and anti-aircraft support for the airfield was provided by members of the 12th Burma Rifles. The airport was built on the former World War II airfield RAF Mingaladon in 1947 by the Calcutta Metropolitan Airports Authority. Once regarded as the best in Southeast Asia, the airport fell into disrepair and was for decades dilapidated and antiquated. Historically, it was considered to be the main international airport in connecting Southeast Asia with the rest of the world.


A modernization programme launched in April 2003 has so far resulted in a new terminal and an extended 11,200-foot (3414 m) runway.[5] Designed by the Airport Development Division of CPG Corporation of Singapore and constructed by Asia World, a leading Burmese construction firm, at a cost of US$13.3 million,[2] the new terminal can handle 900 arriving and 900 departing passengers simultaneously.[1] Overall design and detailing was carried out to meet IATA service standards and to comply with ICAO safety and security standards at a cost of SG$30 million. Other notable features include:

  • Separate floors for arriving and departing passengers to lessen congestion
  • Automated baggage handling system, integrated check-in system
  • Four air bridges, capable of handling four Boeing 747s
  • Special lounges for use by government officials and business people
  • Two-storey car park with spaces for 340 vehicles.

In 2013, a contract worth $150 million to upgrade the Yangon Airport, to cope with the surging passengers and air traffic, was awarded to a consortium led by an affiliate of Asia World. The contract includes a new domestic terminal and expansion of airport apron.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The Courtyard seen inside from the airport departure lounge
The departure lounge-1
China Airlines Boeing 737-800 in 50 years anniversary Livery at Yangon International Airport
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 in RGN


Airlines Destinations Terminal
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur International
Air Bagan Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kalaymyo, Kyaing Tong, Lashio, Myeik, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Pathein, Putao, Sittwe, Tachilek, Thandwe Domestic
Air Bagan Chiang Mai[6] International
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Kunming International
Air India Delhi, Gaya, Kolkata International
Air KBZ Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Hoamlin, Kalaymyo, Kawthaung, Kyaing Tong, Lashio, Mandalay, Monywa, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Sittwe, Thandwe[7] Domestic
Air KBZ Chiang Mai[8] International
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Narita[9] International
Asian Wings Airways Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kyaing Tong, Mandalay, Myeik, Tachilek[10] Domestic
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon[11] International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai International
Bassakaair Charter: Phnom Penh International
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka International
Business Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Phuket[12] International
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan International
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning International
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou International
Condor Flugdienst Seasonal: Frankfurt International
Dragonair Hong Kong[13] International
Fmi air Naypidaw Domestic
Golden Myanmar Airlines Mandalay, Naypyidaw[14] Domestic
Golden Myanmar Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Singapore
Charter: Gaya
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore International
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon[15][16] International
Mann Yatanarpon Airlines Mandalay, Bagan, Heho, Thandwe, Kengtung, Tachilek, Myitkyina Domestic
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur International
Myanmar National Airlines Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kyaukphyu, Khamti, Kyaing Tong, Loikaw, Lashio, Mandalay, Mawlamyaing, Myeik, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Nyaung U, Pathein, Putao, Sittwe, Tachilek, Thandwe[17] Domestic
Myanmar Airways International Mandalay Domestic
Myanmar Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur;Osaka-Kansai,[18] Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Seoul-Incheon,[19] Singapore
Charter:[20] Busan, Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Okinawa, Okinawa, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Gaya
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang[21] International
Nok Air operated by Nok Mini Mae Sot[22] International
Qatar Airways Doha[23] International
SilkAir Mandalay, Singapore International
Singapore Airlines Singapore International
Tigerair Singapore[24] International
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang International
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City International
Yangon Airways Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kyaing Tong, Mandalay, Myeik, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Tachilek Domestic


Airlines Destinations
Myanmar Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international flights out of Yangon by seat capacity[25]
Rank Destinations Average seats per week(one way)
1 Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok 22120
2 Singapore 14656
3 Kuala Lumpur 9534
4 Don Muang, Bangkok 7560
5 Seoul 4920
6 Taipei 3000
7 Kunming 2676
8 Guangzhou 1942
9 Gaya 1706
10 Doha 1540
International seats capacity by country[26]
Rank Destinations Seats(one way,26-Aug-2013 to 1 Sep 2013)
1 Thailand 30870
2 Singapore 13874
3 Malaysia 8106
4 People's Republic of China 7500
5 South Korea 2932
6 Vietnam 2104
7 Taiwan 1560
8 Hong Kong 1204
9 Japan 894
10 Qatar 660



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