Myanmar shutters main airport

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Yangon International Airport. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

Use this oneThe 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.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Singapore. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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