One of the terminals in Mandalay International Airport
Mandalay International Airport
(Burmese: မန္တလေး အပြည်ပြည်ဆိုင်ရာ လေဆိပ်), located 35 km south of Mandalay in Tada-U, is one of three internationalairports in Myanmar where the evisa will be stamped on traveler’s passports. Completed in 1999, the airport is the largest and most modern airport in the country, connecting 11 domestic and four international destinations, complete with a 14,000-foot (4267-m) runway which is the longest runway in use in Southeast Asia and capacity to handle up to 3 million passengers a year. It is the main operating base of Golden Myanmar Airlines.
The Mandalay International Airport project was first conceived by the Burmese military government in the mid 1990s as a way to increase overall levels of foreign investment and tourism
in Myanmar. The new Mandalay airport was regarded as crucial in achieving a planned passenger growth of 10% year on year. The hope was for Mandalay to become a hub for flights to other major Asian cities.
Construction of the airport began in 1996, and the airport was officially opened in September 2000. The project was financed through a long-term loan from the Thai ExIm Bank.
Due to the ongoing reforms in Myanmar, the airport has begun to see increase in traffic especially daily flights to Bangkok and to China. Since 2010, domestic passenger traffic through Mandalay has been increasing by 20% every year, while growth in international flights has been up to 60% annually.
Opened on 17 September 2000, the terminal building can handle 1000 passenger arrivals and 1000 passenger departures per hour. The site occupies a total area of 25,015 acres (10,123 hectares) and is located in central Burma about 21 miles (35 km) south of Mandalay. The journey from the airport to the city center of Mandalay takes approximately an hour by car.
The concrete runway at Mandalay Airport is long enough for any size of commercial aircraft to land. The car-park can accommodate 700 vehicles.
Passenger Facilities: 36 check-in desks, 8 gates, 6 air-bridges, 3 baggage claim belts, 11 short-term parking spaces, 6 long-term parking spaces, Post Office, Bank, Bureau de Change, Restaurant, VIP Lounge, Duty Free Shop, Newsagent/Tobacconists, Travel Agent, Tourist Help Desk, Car Rental.