Domestic air travel resumes Wednesday in Myanmar

Photo: Myanmar National Airlines
Photo: Myanmar National Airlines

Fly the friendly Myanmar skies again when domestic air travel resumes Wednesday – provided you can pass a COVID-19 test.

The Department of Civil Aviation announced that domestic flights canceled due to the second wave of infections may resume under health and safety guidelines from the government’s COVID-19 committee and the health ministry.

“Passengers will be screened at the airport with a test kit before boarding. The ministry will issue [procedures] for airline pilots and airport staff to comply with,” Myo Min Oo, assistant transport secretary, told reporters. “We will abide by all the [procedures] issued by the health department.”

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There will be no limits on the number of flights that may resume, and it is up to the airlines to decide which to reinstate.

Myo Min Oo said passengers who test positive after purchasing a ticket would be able to get a refund.

Following the announcement, Myanmar National Airlines announced the resumption of flights through Dec. 31.

Naung Naung Han, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Association, welcomed the news in comments to BBC, but said all health regulations need to be strictly enforced.

“People will go because they’ve been stuck at home for three months,” Naung Naung Han said. “However, all the passengers need to fill in their phone numbers and addresses correctly. Only then can we do contract-tracing if something happens.”

The President’s Office has announced that international travel will resume Jan. 1.

Graphic: Myanmar National Airlines
Graphic: Myanmar National Airlines

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