Yangon International Airport, Myanmar
Yangon International Airport is the second biggest airport in Myanmar, after Mandalay Airport. It is located in Mingaladon, which is around 15km north of downtown Yangon. Originally built in 1947, the airport is owned by Government of the Union of Republic of Myanmar and is operated by the Pioneer Aerodrome Services on a lease.
The airport, which handled around 2.5 million passengers in 2011, has a single asphalt-surfaced runway (03/21) of 3,314m in length.
Expansions at Yangon International Airport
In June 2011, the Myanmar Government announced plans for the expansion of the terminal at the Yangon international airport, in a bid to increase passenger handling capacity by around 40% from the existing 2.7 million passengers a year to 3.8 million by 2013.
Biddings for the terminal redevelopment project were called for in October 2012. The government plans to further increase the capacity to about 5.5 million passengers by 2015.
The terminal was earlier expanded from 11,000m² to 30,000m², between 2005 and 2007, and it included the construction of a new VIP building and departure halls.
In April 2003, the runway of the airport was expanded from 8,100ft to 11,200ft. The expansion resulted in handling larger jests such as Boeing 747. The runway expansion was designed by CPG Airport Consultant, based in Singapore and constructed by Asia World.
Terminal features of Yangon International Airport
The airport has a two-floor terminal building a total floor area of more than 30,000m², comprising one international and one domestic terminal. The new international terminal was opened in 2007 by expanding the existing terminal. The old terminal is currently used for domestic services.
The ground floor of the terminal building features quarantine, immigration, baggage claim, customs and an arrival lobby. The international arrival and departure halls are located in the first floor with four gates for each.
The project to construct Mandalay International Airport has taken around four years, after work began in 1996. The airport was officially opened in September 2000 at a cost of $150 million and represents the largest and most modern international airport in Myanmar (formerly Burma). The project was financed by the government of Myanmar, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) through the Thai Exim Bank. The capacity of the airport is estimated to be three million people annually.
The departure area has security checks at gates two and three. It also features immigration and Sky Smile lounge.
Other passenger facilities at the terminal include airport help desk, four air bridges, special lounges, cafeterias, money exchangers, shopping and restaurants.
Baggage handling systems
The airport is facilitated with automated baggage handling systems and integrated check-in system. In 2005, Inter-Roller Engineering was awarded a contract to design and install a complete arrival and departure baggage handling system at the airport. The installation was completed in 2007.
CNA Group was awarded a contract worth $10.6m to design, supply, install and commission 24 engineering systems at the airport terminal building. The contract also included providing baggage handling system, security check equipment and airport docking guidance system.
ATC tower at Yangon International Airport
The air traffic control (ATC) at Yangon airport is carried out from the ATC operations building. The Air Traffic Management Division (ATMD) is responsible for providing air traffic management services within Yangon.
Ground transportation and parking
The airport has many ground transportation facilities available. The Yangon public bus transportation facility is available from the terminal to the city centre. The taxi stand is located at the exit gate with Shwe Pyan Hlwar Transportation as the authorised taxi operator.
The airport has a two-storey car park with spaces for over 340 vehicles. It has both short-term and long-term parking spaces available.