Myanmar: "Ports of Call" of Myanmar Airways International
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||12 October 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BUR35349.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Myanmar: "Ports of Call" of Myanmar Airways International, 12 October 2000, BUR35349.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be1630.html [accessed 20 January 2018]|
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According to information posted to the myanmar.com Website on 14 April 1998, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) operated six flights a week to Bangkok, three flights a week to Singapore, and two flights a week to Hong Kong. The webpage does not clearly state from where the MAI flights originate, but Yangon appears to be the likely point (ibid.).
However, information posted to the TravelAsia Website on 16 October 1998 stated that MAI had daily services to Singapore, flew thrice weekly to Bangkok, and was considering adding flights to Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The same webpage also indicates that MAI operated from Yangon to six regional destinations (ibid.).
A third webpage, an undated MAI commercial advertisement posted on the myanmaryellowpages.com Website, states that MAI flies three times a day to Bangkok, once a day to Singapore, and two times a week to Jakarta (n.d.).
According to the 16 October 1998 article, MAI was in the process of being taken over by Uni Air, a subsidiary of EVA Air (TravelAsia). MAI's country manager in Thailand is quoted in the report as stating that all MAI staff had received their termination letters, with no indication whether they would be re-employed by the new owners. The Myanmar government was expected to make an announcement about the new owners and management the following week (ibid.).
Research Directorate efforts to obtain current and clarifying information from MAI offices in Singapore and Hong Kong were unsuccessful within the time constraints of this Response.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Myanmar.com. 14 April 1998 (last update). "Tourist Information: International Flights."
Myanmar Airways International (MAI). n.d. "Myanmar Airways International now flies. ... "
TravelAsia. 16 October 1998. Vera Lye. "Changes at Myanmar Airways."