Yangon airport forced to close THREE TIMES in a week

There’s been a lot of encouraging aviation news lately. More direct flights! Ever more tourists!

But here’s some not-so-reassuring news: Yangon International Airport has closed three times in the past week amid torrential rain.

Last Wednesday, July 22, flights were shut down for 22 minutes, The Voice Weekly reported. Then, on Monday, the airport closed again for 18 minutes.

Flights were delayed.

When an Air Bagan flight skidded on the runway on Friday – injuring a monk – it was shuttered for almost three hours.

An official from the Air Transport Department told The Voice: “We close the airport if we think planes can’t land.”


Heavy rain has caused havoc across the country in recent days: the death toll from flooding, especially in the north, stands at 20 and many more have been displaced.

Photo / Wikicommons

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