Yangon International Airport welcomes its fifth millionth passenger this year


A general view showing a Japanese All Nippon Airlines, ANA, passenger plane (R) and a China Southern passenger plane (L) at the Yangon International airport, Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar, 19 December 2016. Photo: Nyein Chan Niang/EPA

Yangon International Airport (YIA), the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, welcomed its fifth millionth passenger today. Mr Wong Foo Cheong, travelling on board Myanmar Airways International 8M-232 flight from Singapore arrived in YIA Terminal 1 at 3:15 pm and was warmly greeted by a welcoming party.

He received 1 Million MMK in cash in addition to a variety of other gifts valued at over 1 Million MMK. These gifts include a two-night stay in Horizon Lakeview Hotel and Resort in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, a Samsonite travel luggage, a Bering watch, an Artisan made-in-Myanmar bag, a JBL travel speaker, as well as other travel accessories. Along with Mr Wong, passengers on the same flight were also part of the joyous occasion and received complimentary duty-free vouchers.

Last year, 5.45 million passengers passed through the airport. Approximately two-thirds of these passengers were of international travel, and 70% were from Asia. With a growth rate of almost 9% in 2017, YIA is expected to end the year with 5.9 million passengers for 2017.

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