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Air

Getting around by air

Airport Codes

Many posted flight schedules around the country only use domestic airport codes, shown in the following table.

Airport Code
Bhamo BMO
Dawei TVY
Heho (Inle Lake) HEH
Homalin HOX
Kalaymyo KMV
Kawthoung KAW
Kengtung KET
Lashio LSH
Mandalay MDL
Mawlamyine MNU
Myeik MGZ
Myitkyina MYT
Nay Pyi Taw NPT
Nyaung U (Bagan) NYU
Pathein BSX
Putao PBU
Sittwe AKY
Tachileik THL
Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) SNW
Yangon RGN

Airlines in Myanmar

Myanmar's domestic air services have improved, with new planes – most propeller driven rather than jet engined – replacing older, less reliable models. Flights often go to multiple destinations in a day, sometimes landing at an airport, unloading and reloading, and taking off again 30 minutes later.

Between the main destinations of Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay, Heho (for Inle Lake), Nyaung U (for Bagan) and Thandwe (for Ngapali Beach), you'll find frequent daily connections. Other airports have only one flight a day or, in the most remote places, just a couple of flights a week.

Following is the contact information for airline offices in Yangon. These airlines all serve the same major destinations (ie from Yangon to/from Nay Pyi Daw, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle, Sittwe). Myanmar National Airlines serves the most extensive range of destinations.

Air Bagan (01-504 888; www.airbagan.com)

Air KBZ (01-372 977; www.airkbz.com)

Air Mandalay (01-525 488; www.airmandalay.com)

Asian Wings (01-516 654; www.asianwingsairways.com)

Golden Myanmar Airlines (09 97799 3000; www.gmairlines.com)

Mann Yadanarpon Airlines (01-656 969; www.airmyp.com)

Myanmar National Airlines (01-378 603; www.flymna.com)

Yangon Airways (01-383 100; www.yangonair.com)

Schedules

Schedules are most reliable between main destinations, such as Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U and Heho, during the high season – but it's essential to always double-check departure times at least 24 hours before departure and again on the day itself. To smaller destinations, flights can be cancelled and reappear depending on demand.

Tickets

  • Online booking and e-ticketing is available with all domestic airlines.
  • One-way fares are half the price of return fares, and can be bought between six months and a day in advance. It's sometimes difficult to buy a ticket that departs from a town other than the one you are in.
  • There is no domestic departure tax.