One lucky traveler received a bundle of prizes yesterday after he learned he was the five-millionth person to travel through Yangon International Airport (YIA) this year.
Wong Foo Cheong arrived in Yangon from Singapore yesterday afternoon, when he was greeted by representatives from Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), which operates the airport. The welcoming party presented him with K1 million (US$732), a two-night stay at the Horizon Lakeview Hotel in Naypyidaw, a Samsonite suitcase, a Bering watch, an artisan-crafted bag, and a JBL travel speaker.
“I was honored and surprised to be the five-millionth passenger at the Yangon International Airport today,” Mr. Wong said, according to a YACL press release. “I was touched by the thoughtful travel package that the airport staff prepared to welcome me. It is only my second visit to Myanmar, but I hope to come back more often and also hope that more travelers will also come to Myanmar to enjoy the warm hospitality here.”
Other passengers on Mr. Wong’s flight received complimentary duty-free vouchers in honor of the occasion.
YACL’s COO Sulaiman Zainul Abidin said: “Yangon International Airport is pleased to celebrate its five-million passenger this year. With passenger growth expected to exceed 5.9 million passengers this year, this will set a new milestone in the history of the airport.
Today’s event is part of YIA’s ongoing efforts to appreciate our passengers, both new and repeat, and provide them with unique experiences coming through the airport and into our Golden Land. Ultimately, we hope to give visitors more reasons to travel to Myanmar, be it for business or leisure.”
Yangon International Airport added two new terminals last year – on international and one domestic – bringing its capacity up to 20 million passengers per year.
The airport received 5.45 million passengers last year, two-thirds of whom were traveling internationally and 70 percent of whom were from Asia.
In 2017, the airport has partnered with Kathmandu-based Himalaya Airlines and Kuala Lumpur-based Malindo Air. It has also added new destinations from Yangon, including Haikou, Hanoi, Mae Sot, and Phnom Penh.