More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation.
In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines and FMI Air conducted regular flights to Mandalay International Airport.
Those airlines transported 890,000 passengers to the airport last year while just over 70,000 entered the airport in 2016.
The number of international passengers arrived at the Mandalay airport last year was 430,000 bringing the total number to 1.29 million when that of domestic passengers is added.
"In 2017, 1.29 million of local and foreign air passengers entered the Mandalay airport, exceeding the number of 2016," said Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Department.
Myanmar's international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw were upgraded with the help of local and foreign private sectors.
Moreover, discussion is underway with the tender winning foreign company to build Hanthawady International Airport, which will be the biggest one in Myanmar, in Bago Region. The airport will accommodate 12 million passengers.