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Yangon International Airport and China Eastern Airlines Welcome their 4 millionth passenger of 2018

  • 29 Aug 2018

Yangon International Airport and China Eastern Airlines Welcome their 4 millionth passenger of 2018

  • Lucky passenger receives 1 Million MMK worth of cash and 1 Million MMK in other gifts

YANGON – 28 August 2018 – Yangon International Airport (YIA), the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar capable of handling 20 million passengers, welcomed its 4 millionth passenger today. Traveling from Kunming aboard China Eastern Airlines flight MU 2031, the lucky winner Ma Khin Phoo Thit arrived at YIA Terminal 1 at 4:30 PM and was warmly greeted by our welcoming party.


To celebrate the milestone, Ma Khin Phoo Thit was treated to a 1 Million MMK cash prize as well as other gifts valued at over 1 Million MMK. These include a two-night stay in Horizon Lakeview Hotel and Resort in Nay Pyi Taw, a Samsonite travel luggage, an Artisan made-in-Myanmar bag, a Samsonite passport holder, JBL wireless headphones, as well as other travel accessories. Travelers on the same flight also received complimentary duty-free vouchers and luggage tags as part of the occasion.


Ma Khin Phoo Thit said “I am very happy to be the lucky winner of YIA’s 4 millionth passenger event. This event is very surprising. Thank you very much YIA and I wish you can continue such kind of events. And the Terminal 1 is amazing too.”


Mr. José Angeja, Chief Operating Officer, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited commented, “We are glad to welcome our 4th millionth passenger today as we cross the second half year of 2018. With our trained personnel and effective equipment, YIA strives towards our goal of being a high-performance airport and we are trying hard to show our appreciation to travelers through these types of events together with our airline partners like China Eastern Airlines.”


 Ready to handle long-term capacity needs


YIA is ready for future passenger demand as it is built to handle up to 20 million passengers, welcoming 5.92 million passengers in 2017. This represents 8.48% growth over 5.45 million passengers in 2016. Of these, 66% or 3.93 million comprised international passengers and the other 34% or 1.99 million were domestic passengers. Overall air traffic movements increased by 11.05% in 2017 to 78,076, compared to 70,307 movements in the same period a year ago.


Currently serving 28 international airlines and 8 domestic airlines, YIA has attracted renowned full-service airlines such as Emirates Airlines, Malindo Air and Cathay Dragon in recent years. These airlines have opened new routes to Yangon over the last two years since Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited took over the operation of YIA.


Moving forward, YIA targets a growth rate in line with Myanmar’s forecasted GDP growth of 7.2% for 2018 by way of World Bank’s estimates.  Looking at growth trends across the 3 current international airports – 

YIA, Naypyitaw International Airport and Mandalay International Airport – YIA is well ahead of its handling capacity of 20 million passengers per annum to cater to future needs for the next decade.


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About Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL)

Setting the standard for high performance

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport, the main gateway into Myanmar. As the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, YIA sets the standard as a high-


performance airport with its overall approach towards achieving excellence in key areas such as infrastructure, organisation and management.

Over the last few years, Myanmar has seen steady growth in visitor traffic. As the country is set to experience long-term growth in tourism, YIA is built to handle up to 20 million passengers a year and is geared to provide quality experiences and services for passengers and airlines. 

Yangon International Airport (YIA) is strategically located between India and China with two-thirds of the world’s population within six hours flying range including cities such as Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing and New Delhi. Serving 28 international airlines and 24 international destinations, YIA handled a total of 5.92 million passengers in 2017. 

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