Yangon International Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Yangon International Airport


RGN is located in Myanmar
Location of airport in Burma
Airport type Public
Owner Government of the Republic of Union of Myanmar
Operator Yangon Aerodrome Co., Ltd
Serves Yangon
Location Mingaladon 11021, Yangon
Yangon Division, Myanmar
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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,200 3,414 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 6,000,000 (Increase)

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 and busiest international airport of Myanmar and the largest.

The airport's old terminal is used exclusively for domestic flights, and the new terminal, in operation since May 2007, handles international flights. Airport capacity has been boosted to 6 million in early 2016, but this is still insufficient so there are plans to build a completely new airport Hanthawaddy International Airport on a much larger site and somewhat away from Yangon.


The check in desks in Terminal 2

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 and the primary airport serving that region, the airport fell into disrepair and remained that way for decades, as new superhubs like Singapore Changi Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta were built and superseded Yangon's facilities.


A modernization programme launched in April 2003 has so far resulted in a new terminal and an extended 11,200-foot (3414 m) runway.[1] 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.[3] 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]

The new international terminal (T1) opened in March 2016, with the previously existing international terminal being designated as T2. The new domestic terminal (T3) is expected to open during the second half of 2016.

The airport, which can handle 2.7 million passengers a year,[3] handled 800,000 international passengers and 1.2 million domestic passengers in 2006.[2] All ten 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.[5] The airport is already over its annual capacity of 2.7 million passengers, having accepted 3.1 million in 2012[4] and 4 million in 2014.[6] To fulfill this capacity, new international and domestic terminals are being constructed and are expected to be finished end of 2016. After upgrading, Yangon International Airport will be able to service 6 million passengers annually.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The Courtyard (Terminal 2) seen inside from the airport departure lounge
The departure lounge - Gate 1 (Terminal 2)
China Airlines Boeing 737-800 in 50 years anniversary Livery at Yangon International Airport
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 in RGN
A Myanmar National Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Yangon International Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang T1
Air Bagan Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kalaymyo, Kyaing Tong, Lashio, Myeik, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Pathein, Putao, Sittwe, Tachilek, Thandwe Domestic
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Kunming T1
Air India Delhi, Gaya, Kolkata T2
Air KBZ Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kalaymyo, Kawthaung, Kyaing Tong, Lashio, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Sittwe, Thandwe Domestic
Air KBZ Chiang Mai (begins 2 November 2016) T1
Air Mandalay Bagan, Heho, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Sittwe Domestic
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Narita T2
Asian Wings Airways Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kyaing Tong, Mandalay, Myeik, Tachilek Domestic
APEX Airlines Dawei, Kawthaung, Myeik, Naypidaw Domestic
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai T1
Bassakaair Charter: Phnom Penh T2
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka T2
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan T2
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning T2
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou T2
Dragonair Hong Kong T2
Emirates Dubai–International, Hanoi T1
FMI Air Bagan, Heho, Kyaukphyu, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Sittwe Domestic
Golden Myanmar Airlines Bagan, Heho, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Thandwe Domestic
Golden Myanmar Airlines Seasonal: Gaya, Kolkata T2
HK Express Hong Kong T1
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore T2
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon T2
Mann Yatanarpon Airlines Mandalay, Bagan, Heho, Thandwe, Kengtung, Tachilek, Myitkyina Domestic
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International T2
Myanmar Airways International Mandalay Domestic
Myanmar Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kolkata (begins 1 December 2016),[7] Kunming, Singapore
Seasonal: Gaya
Myanmar National Airlines Dawei, Heho, Kawthaung, Kyaukphyu, Khamti, Kyaing Tong, Loikaw, Lashio, Mandalay, Mawlamyaing, Myeik, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Nyaung U, Pathein, Putao, Sittwe, Tachilek, Thandwe Domestic
Myanmar National Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai (begins 4 November 2016),[8] Hong Kong, Singapore
Charter: Gaya
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang T2
Novoair Dhaka T2
Qatar Airways Doha T2
SilkAir Mandalay, Singapore T1
Singapore Airlines Singapore T1
Tigerair Singapore T1
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang T1
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi T2
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang[9] T1
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi T2
Vietjet Air Ho Chi Minh City T2
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City T1
Yangon Airways Bagan, Dawei, Heho, Kyaing Tong, Mandalay, Myeik, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw, Tachilek Domestic


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international flights out of Yangon by seat capacity[10]
Rank Destinations Average seats per week(one way)
1 Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok 22120
2 Singapore 14656
3 Kuala Lumpur–International 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[11]
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



External links[edit]