The military coup in Myanmar has shut its main Yangon International airport, according to officials on the ground the spoke to Asian Aviation while communications were still available, but spotty. The country’s aviation officials also issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) that states that all flights to the airport, including domestic and international relief flights, are suspended until 30 April. Airports in Myanmar have yet to receive official instructions on the flight suspensions, according to a 2 February report by English-language newspaper Myanmar Times.
An aviation official that spoke to Asian Aviation said the move was “unprecedented, but so far the situation is stable. However, based on the latest NOTAM, the airfields will remain closed until 30 April, which is a great concern to us. We will get more clarity as the days pass by and we are hoping for the situation to return to normal within the next 10 days or earlier.” International flights to Yangon have been suspended since 30 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport said in a 30 January update that it has extended the suspension on international flights until 28 February.