Yangon International Airport is the primary international airport of Burma, as well as the third largest airport in the country after Malanday International Airport and the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. It is located in Mingaladon, approximately 15km north of downtown Yangon.
The airport was built in 1947 in the site of the former Second World War airfield RAF Mingaladon by the Calcutta Metropolitan Airports Authority. Once, it was hailed as the best and most modern airport in Southeast Asia, and was considered the main international airport in connecting Southeast Asia to the rest of the world. However, the airport spiralled down and fell into disrepair. In 2003, a modernisation program was launched, which resulted to building a new terminal and an extended runway at a cost of US $13.3 million. Fast forward to2013, a $150 million worth of contract to upgrade the Yangon International Airport was awarded to a consortium led by an affiliate of Asia World. The contract includes a new domestic terminal and expansion of airport apron.
Yangon International Airport houses two terminals, with the old terminal exclusively used for domestic flights, and the new terminal used for international flights. The new international Terminal, which was opened in 2007, is capable of handling 2.7 million passengers a year, as well as 900 arriving and departing passengers simultaneously.
Terminal 1 serves as the hub for AirAsia, Air China, Air India, Air KBZ, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Condor Flugdienst, Dragonair, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Nok air, Qatar Airways, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
Likewise, Terminal 2 serves as the hub for Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings Airways, FMI air Charter, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yatanarpon Airlines, Myanma Airways, Myanmar Airways International, and Yangon Airways.
Services and Facilities
Before heading out of the country, you can gain full access to a multitude of services Yangon International Airport offers. Information counters such as Airport Help, Taxi Counter, Tourist Information, and Lost & Found can be found within the vicinity to suit each traveller’s inquiries. Travellers can also have their currencies exchanged via the money changer banks. Most of the banks such as the AGD Bank, KBZ Bank, can be found in the Arrival Greeter Hall. The MFTB Bank, CB Bank, Swan Htet Yee, UAB and G Money, and Aya Bank can be found on the Arrival Ground Floor. Meanwhile, the AGD Bank can also be accessed in the Departure Hall. Tourists can also gain access to postal, telephone, and internet services that can be located within the vicinity. A multitude of restaurants are also available for the traveller to dine in and satiate their guilty pleasures. Airport Garden and the Coffee Corner can be found in the International Arrival Greeter’s Hall, while the Espace Café, Royal Jade 1, Royal Jade 2, and Sky Smile can be found in the International Department Hall after Immigration. Before leaving Yangon International Airport, take a moment to unwind in the shopping malls located within the vicinity. For a variety of shopping choices, proceed to the International Department Hall after Immigration, wherein you can choose from shopping in Myanmar Shopping Mall Duty Free Shop, Asia Light Duty Free Shop, Monument Book, His & Her, Ves Gems & Jewels among others, respectively. Meanwhile, a separate shop called the Dream Works Free Shop can be found in the Arrival Hall.