Check-in desks in the international terminal of Yangon Airport
Yangon International Airport
(Burmese: ရန်ကုန်အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာလေဆိပ်), located in Mingaladon, at 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of downtown Yangon, is one of three international airports of Myanmar where the evisa
will be stamped on traveler's pas. Once, it was regarded as the best and most modern airport in Southeast Asia.
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.
During World War II, the airfield as RAF Mingaladon served as an operating base for fighter aircraft. 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.
A modernization program launched in April 2003 has so far resulted in a new terminal and an extended 11,200-foot (3414 m) runway. Designed by the Airport Development Division of CPG Corporation of Singapore and constructed by Asia World, a leading Burmese construction firm, the new terminal can handle 900 arriving and 900 departing passengers simultaneously. 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.
The airport, which can handle 2.7 million passengers a year, handled 800,000 international passengers and 1.2 million domestic passengers in 2006.
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.
The airport is already over its annual capacity of 2.7 million passengers, having accepted 3.1 million in 2012 and 4 million in 2014.
To fulfill this capacity, new international and domestic terminals are being constructed and are expected to be finished end of 2015. After upgrading, Yangon International Airport will be able to service 6 million passengers annually.