Dec 19, 2013

Myanmar Agrees On Commercial Flights

Myanmar has updated its aviation agreements with South Korea and Bangladesh to open the way for commercial flights.

The respective civil aviation departments of Myanmar, South Korea and Bangladesh amended aviation contracts and updated clauses that were outdated. Most of Myanmar’s aviation agreements date back to the close of World War II and in many instances were not updated.

The country Civil Aviation Department general director, Tin Naing Tun, was quoted by local media as saying: “We had to cancel clauses that were not suitable in the present situation.”

In the new agreements airlines of Bangladesh and South Korea can apply for traffic rights at multiple destinations rather than just Yangon.

Myanmar International Airway and Air Bagan both have secured rights to fly to Bangladesh last year.

Due to the changes in the aviation contract with Korea, KAL and Asiana Airlines can now fly to cities in Myanmar.

Myanmar has aviation agreements with 46 countries and the ones with Europe and, United States were the most liberal dating back to air transport agreements signed in 1949. They basically gave airlines from the US and UK freedom to fly as many services as they liked. The option was never taken up as the country closed and sanctions were introduced to prevent airlines serving the country.

As a member of ASEAN, the country will have to adopt an “Open Skies Policy” in 2015, which will allow ASEAN registered airlines greater access to Myanmar’s skies – and ultimately allow them to serve domestic routes. The policy will be limited to international services to major cities designated by each country leaving the domestic options to much later.
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