Mandalay International Airport
|Mandalay International Airport
မန္တလေး အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာ လေဆိပ်
|Owner||Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar|
|Operator||Mitsubishi Corporation, JALUX Inc., SPA Project Management Ltd. (for 30 years bid)|
Mandalay Region, Burma
|Elevation AMSL||300 ft / 91 m|
Mandalay International Airport (Burmese: မန္တလေး အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာ လေဆိပ်; (IATA: MDL, ICAO: VYMD)), located 35 km south of Mandalay in Tada-U, is one of only three international airports in Burma. Completed in 1999, the airport is the largest and most modern airport in the country, connecting 11 domestic and four international destinations, complete with a 14,000-foot (4267-m) runway which is the longest runway in use in Southeast Asia and capacity to handle up to 3 million passengers a year. It is the main operating base of Golden Myanmar Airlines.
The Mandalay International Airport project was first conceived by the Burmese military government in the mid 1990s as a way to increase overall levels of foreign investment and tourism in Burma. With Yangon boasting the only other international airport for the whole country, the new Mandalay airport was regarded as crucial in achieving a planned passenger growth of 10% year on year. The hope was for Mandalay to become a hub for flights to other major Asian cities, in particular Beijing, Hanoi, Bangkok, Calcutta and Dhaka.
Construction of the airport began in 1996, and the airport was officially opened in September 2000 at a cost of US$150 million. The project was financed through a long-term loan from the Thai ExIm Bank.
The largest and most modern international airport in Burma has never met the high expectations; instead it has come to represent the military junta's money-wasting white elephant projects. The much-expected passenger growth has yet to materialize due to the continued international boycott of Burma as a tourist destination. This has negatively impacted upon the number of people traveling to and from the country, and will continue to affect the ability of Mandalay airport operating to its full capacity. Further development projects at Mandalay Airport and other parts of the country, are undermined by this situation which seems unlikely to improve in the near future.
Due to the ongoing reforms in Myanmar, the airport has begun to see increase in traffic especially daily flights to Bangkok and to China. Since 2010, domestic passenger traffic through Mandalay has been increasing by 20% every year, while growth in international flights has been up to 60% annually.
On 16 November 2014, a consortium of Mitsubishi Group and an affiliate from Japan Airlines has signed a concession agreement with the Myanmar government to operate the airport for 30 years. The joint firm will undertake the operation, rehabilitation and maintenance of airport facilities, including terminal buildings and runway, excluding air traffic control, with the operations scheduled to begin around March next year. The agreement aims to generate further expansion of domestic and international flights to Mandalay and to increase passenger traffic through the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Asian Wings Airways||Chiang Mai||International|
|Bangkok Airways||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai||International|
|China Eastern Airlines||Kunming||International|
|Golden Myanmar Airlines||Imphal||International|
|Myanmar Airways International||Gaya, Seoul-Incheon||International|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok-Don Mueang||International|
|Thai Airways International||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi||International|
|Air Bagan||Bagan, Bhamo, Heho, Homalin, Monywa, Kalemyo, Kengtung, Lashio Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Tachilek, Yangon|
|Air KBZ||Bhamo, Bagan, Heho, Kalemyo, Myitkyina, Tachileik, Yangon|
|Asian Wings Airways||Bagan, Heho, Yangon|
|Golden Myanmar Airlines||Bagan, Bhamo, Heho, Kengtung, Myitkyina, Tachilek, Thandwe, Yangon|
|Mann Yatanarpon Airlines||Yangon, Bagan, Heho, Thandwe, Kengtung, Tachilek, Myitkyina|
|Myanmar National Airlines||Bhamo, Kalemyo, Kengtung, Khamti, Myitkyina, Pakokku, Tachilek, Yangon|
|Myanmar Airways International||Yangon|
|Yangon Airways||Bagan, Bhamo, Heho, Kalemyo, Kengtung, Lashio, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Tachileik, Yangon|
Opened on 17 September 2000, the terminal building can handle 1000 passenger arrivals and 1000 passenger departures per hour. The capacity of the airport is estimated to be three million passengers per annum, with expansion capacity to more than 15 million. The site occupies a total area of 25,015 acres (10,123 hectares) and is located in central Burma about 21 miles (35 km) south of Mandalay, the nearest town being Tada-U. The journey from the airport to the city center of Mandalay takes approximately an hour by car.
The concrete runway at Mandalay Airport is 14,000 feet (4267 m) long and 200 feet (61 m) wide, and long enough for any size of commercial aircraft to land. The car-park can accommodate 700 vehicles.
The terminal is fitted with air conditioning, fire protection and emergency power generating systems. It is also equipped with six passenger lifts, one freight lift, three escalators and a baggage handling system. Three out of the six passenger boarding bridges can handle modern Boeing 747-400 aircraft. There is sufficient space for ten aircraft to anchor, and at a rate of 8 minutes per plane, aircraft of any size and make can touch down or take off to any destination abroad. MAGS (Mandalay Airport Ground Services) provides both passenger and cargo aircraft ground services.
Systems incorporated into the airport include VHF and HF SSB transmitters and receivers, a voice communication control system, an automatic terminal information system (ATIS), and an aeronautical fixed telecommunications network. The air traffic control tower is equipped with a variety of radar and navigation systems.
Passenger Facilities: 36 check-in desks, 8 gates, 6 air-bridges, 3 baggage claim belts, 11 short-term parking spaces, 6 long-term parking spaces, Post Office, Bank, Bureau de Change, Restaurant, VIP Lounge, Duty Free Shop, Newsagent/Tobacconists, Travel Agent, Tourist Help Desk, Car Rental
The current operation is handle by joint vendor of Mitsubishi Corporation, JALUX Inc., and SPA Project Management Ltd for 30 Years Bid. Previous Operator is Ministry of Transport, Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The Government give the public operator for 3 of international airport in Myanmar (Yangon, Mandalay and Hantarwaddy). The 3 Joint Company win the tender for operation of Mandalay International Airport.
In August 2013, the technical team came and started the inspection on Mandalay International Airport. They drawn the Master Plan and their main objective is the Mandalay International Airport come to be the main hubs of domestic air craft. The master plan included airport services and cargo-handling areas as well as anticipating future needs such as extending the airport’s buildings.
Thai Air Asia  (Bangokok - Mandalay - Bangkok)
On 4 October 2012 - the budget airline, Air Asia, started to flights between Bangkok Don Mueang Airport and Mandalay International Airport. The flight runs daily.
- 10:50 Don Mueang, Bangkok (BKK) 12:15 Mandalay (MDL)
- 12:45 Mandalay (MDL) 15:00 Don Mueang, Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways International  (Bangkok - Mandalay - Bangkok)
On 31 March 2013 -Thai Smiles, a branch of Thai Airways, started flights between Bangkok and Mandalay. This was the second airline to fly between Bangkok and Mandalay, the first was Air Asia.
After suspended for several months, Thai Airways resumes operation on 27 October 2014. The airline has been replaced by Thai Airways International from Thai Smile with four regular weekly flights.
TG 309 departs 09:45 from Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok and arrives Mandalay at 11:00
TG 310 departs 11:45 from Mandalay and arrives Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok at 13:55
Bangkok Airways (Bangkok - Mandalay - Bangkok)
On 15 September 2013 - Bangkok started flights between Bangkok and Mandalay. Flight run daily.
- 12:00 Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok (BKK) 13:20 Mandalay (MDL)
- 14:05 Mandalay (MDL) 16:30 Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok (BKK)
Silk Air (Singapore - Yangon - Mandalay - Singapore)
On 10 June 2014 - Silkair started flights between Singapore and Mandalay. From Singapore to Mandalay, the flight stops in Yangon and continue to Mandalay. Flights run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays.
- 11:35 Changi, Singapore (SIN) 15:00 Mandalay (MDL)
- 15:55 Mandalay (MDL) 20:50 Changi, Singapore (SIN)
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