Insufficient infrastructure restricting tourism growth

The lack of proper infrastructure in Myanmar’s domestic airports is the main difficulty in the development of air travel, according to the Patee Sarasin, CEO of Thailand-based Nok Air.

“Nok Air used to have flights from Thailand to Myanmar’s Moulmein (pls change the spelling) city but currently, we have to cancel those flight plans due to the lack of basic infrastructure. The Yangon International Airport is up to international standard but numerous domestic terminals are not. Myanmar has a lot of tourist attractions and if the domestic airports improve its necessary basic infrastructure, Myanmar’s tourism via air travel is sure to grow,” said Mr Patee.

According to the information released by the Department of Civil Aviation, private-owned airlines are able to operate in domestic airports and those interested are to notify the department. Myanmar has a total of 45 domestic airports and four international airports, one of which is still under construction, the Hanthawaddy International Airport.

Nok Air runs flights from a total of 27 cities in Thailand and three other major cities which includes Yangon in Myanmar and China. In October and November this year, Nok Air plans to inaugurate flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cities in Vietnam as well to Singapore as part of the airline’s service expansion.