Yangon International Airport is by far the busiest airport in Myanmar and serves as the main international gateway for most visitors. The airport 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. Over the past ten years all the terminals have been either built as new of refurbished with a new domestic terminal also adding to the improving infrastructure of the country.
In 2018, YIA handled a total of 6.035 million passengers. Today, 34 airlines operate to and from 33 international destinations, while five airlines operate our domestic routes.
Growth during reform period prior to dictatorship in 2021
Over the last few years, Myanmar has seen tremendous growth in visitor traffic. As the country is set to experience more exponential growth, YIA, being the main gateway into Myanmar, is built to meet future demands with a handling capacity of up to 20 million passengers per year.
YIA has undergone its most significant expansion to date. The opening of T1 was part of the first phase of YIA’s development to handle higher passenger capacity as Myanmar continues to undergo economic reforms, which is expected to increase demand for aviation services in the country.
Officially opened by President U Thein Sein on 12 March 2016 as well as the expansion in capacity and continued integration of facilities, YIA paves the way for Myanmar to continue welcoming a rapidly growing number of business and leisure travelers to the country.
In anticipation of the growth in air travel, Terminal 3 was built over a span of 15 months and operational in less than one year after the official opening of the international terminal T1. Offering unparalleled connectivity to domestic destinations, T3 provides similar facilities to T1 – such as a variety of F&B outlets, retail options, business lounges, baggage handling & security systems – for a safe and comfortable experience.
Terminal 2 was our first main international terminal serving a mix of international and regional airlines. Terminal 2 is a familiar sight to travelers from all over the region and it is undergoing a facelift.
Built for our shared future, YIA will see continuous investment in upgrades and modernization features. These include both hardware and software additions and improvements, designed to maximize overall efficiency and capacity. Visitors will be few while the military dictatorship remains.