Union of Myanmar - Travel Information
These are the two airlines operating domestic flights
in Myanmar which meet international aviation safety standards. Both
fly ATR turbo-prop aircrafts, with maintenance standards supervised
by the manufacturers in France.
Air Mandalay started flying in October 1994, operating
between Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Heho (Inle Lake). Other destinations
have since been added to their schedule - Thandwe (for Ngapali Beach),
Sittwe (for Mrauk U) and an international flight to Chiang Mai.
Yangon Airways started operations in 1996 and also
serves the key destinations of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Heho.
Their schedule also includes destinations in emerging areas, such
as Kawthaung, Kyaing Tong and Tachilek, although often under charter
arrangement. Yangon Airways is very popular with the more well-to-do
Myanmar citizens who recognize that the airline has higher safety
standards than Myanmar Airways.
TRAVELING FROM YANGON BY AIR
Bagan, Mandalay and Heho
Daily flights are operated to these destinations, both in the morning
or the afternoons. We recommended that all itineraries start in
Bagan and each in Heho/Inle Lake, as flight schedules are more reliable
in clockwise direction, especially during the low season. The planes
often land at intermediate airports, with a transit time of approximately
Air Mandalay operates daily direct flights from Yangon to Thandwe
(Ngapali Beach) during winter only. New hotel accommodation has
opened, making it easier to add a beach holiday in Myanmar to your
Sittwe & Mrauk-U
Air Mandalay flies twice a week Yangon/Sittwe/Yangon. From Sittwe
it takes a full days boat trip to Mrauk-U. therefore this trip requires
a minimum of 4 nights. There are no other flight connections to
this area. This trip is only recommended in winter.
Kentung & Tachilek
There are regular fights to this area, transiting in Mandalay and
Heho. This trip is only recommended in winter.
Kawthaung & Mergui
Diving trips in the Mergui Archipelago are operated from Thailand.
It is not possible to join these tours from Myanmar and participants
will have to arrange this with a tour-operator in Thailand.
TRAVELING FROM MANDALAY BY AIR
The town Myitkyina has always been a trading center between Myanmar
and China and, being the largest town in Kachin State, is the best
base for visiting nearby Kachin villages. West of Myitkyina lies
Indawgyi Lake - although somewhat inaccessible due to poor roads,
the lake is huge and has unique natural beauty.
Only Myanmar Airways flies to Myitkyina from Mandalay.
In order to include Indawgyi Lake in your itinerary, a minimum of
3 nights, preferably 4, is required. Flights are operated irregular
and it is not always possible to visit this area. A train journey
from Mandalay to Myitkyina will take 26 hours.
Bagan, Heho and Yangon
There are daily flight to Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon.
TRAVELING FROM BAGAN BY AIR
There are daily flights to Mandalay and Yangon.
It is usually possible to fly from Bagan to Heho, but this is not
always a good connection. There are also flights from Bagan to Ngapali
Beach during winter.