The slowdown in foreign tourist arrivals to Myanmar has at least a positive consequence for travellers-both international and domestic. Air fares on domestic routes do not increase in Myanmar this winter season, despite a surge in fuel prices.
According to reports by local newspapers in Myanmar, local airlines have been very reluctant to increase their air fares during the peak season -which started by mid-November- due to the high sensitivity of local tourists to any increase on domestic routes.
A combination of high maintenance costs, high fees at airports and high fuel prices forced already four airlines to suspend their flights since the end of last year.
Domestic airlines in the country are struggling to fill up their seats as foreign travellers from the West seem to avoid to come to Myanmar. Consequently, domestic airlines are increasingly dependent on the evolution of domestic demand. Any increase is likely to depress a fragile market with limited purchasing power.
Such a decision is, however, bringing good news for foreign travellers who can expect to pay for domestic routes fares similar to the ones they might have paid last year. The most recent airline’s closure has been Air Mandalay which stopped its activity after 24 years of service. Other airlines which recently went into bankruptcy were Air Bagan, Apex Airline and FMI Air.
Baolau integrates online booking for domestic and international flights to Myanmar. Travelers can book tickets online, receive e-ticket through email and get ready to travel.