October 20, 2017

President formally opens new lounge at Yangon Airport

President U Thein Sein unveils bronze plaque of the new lounge at Yangon International Airport.
President U Thein Sein unveils bronze plaque of the new lounge at Yangon International Airport.

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PRESIDENT U Thein Sein unveiled a bronze plaque to mark the opening of a new lounge at the Yangon International Airport in Mingaladon township yesterday.
Present at the opening ceremony were Union Ministers U Soe Thane, U Myint Hlaing, U Nyan Tun Aung, U Khin Maung Soe, U Zeya Aung, U Htay Aung and U Ye Htut, including Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, high-ranking officials and diplomats.
The airport was constructed in 1952, Union Minister U Nyan Tun Aung recounted, adding that the then President Dr Ba Oo put it into service on 8 January 1957.
“The airport was recognised as a regional hub in Southeast Asia,” he said. The facility underwent an expansion in 1994 in a bid to cater for growing numbers of foreign and domestic passengers after 1988. A two-storey building was constructed and opened on 18 September 1996. Another expansion started in 2004, including the construction of a building, a parking lot and a terminal equipped with four passenger boarding bridges of international standard.
As part of encouraging private-sector participation in line with the political, economic and executive reforms, the government invited tenders for a project to extend and renovate the airport on 26 February 2013, with the union minister saying that Yangon Aerodrome Services Co Ltd won the tender and signed a concession agreement for the works with the Department of Civil Aviation on 6 January 2015.
The newly-opened lounge is a five-storey building with 240 metres in length and 97.7 metres in width and is expected to facilitate the airport’s capacity to ensure the smooth flow of passengers projected to exceed 6,000,000 by 2017.
The airport saw a surge in the number of foreign and domestic passengers from 4,394,815 in 2014 to 5,054,037 in 2015. The Department of Civil Aviation entered agreement with Yangon Aerodrome Co Ltd on 7 December 2015 for an additional three-phase project to serve 20 million passengers a year.
Currently, the Yangon International Airport handles 11 domestic airlines and 28 international airlines.

The newly-opened lounge of Yangon International Airport is seen on innaugural day.
The newly-opened lounge of Yangon International Airport is seen on innaugural day.

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