Aug 16, 2011

Aviation tax collection to be privatized in Myanmar

Myanmar aviation authorities will allow private companies to undertake collection of aviation tax for foreign airlines as part of its privatization program, a local media reported Sunday.

The new measure, which will start soon, sets that the monthly tax will be charged in U.S dollar depending on the kind of aircrafts, the Popular News said.

Of the more than 400 aircrafts flying across Myanmar's air space, those of Thai airline account for most.

Myanmar gained tax revenue of over 50 million USD annually with 59 mln USD shown for 2010-11.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has introduced a new rate of airport tax in line with the international standard, designating that a uniform rate will apply to domestic and foreign passengers leaving the country.

Yangon International Airport saw 510,000 travelers from international airlines and 360,000 local travelers from domestic airlines in the first quarter of this year, a 21.65-percent and 23. 47-percent increase respectively compared with the same period of last year.

There are six domestic airlines in Myanmar including one state- owned, which is the Myanmar Airways, and five private-run -- Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Kanbawza.

There is also another Myanmar international airline, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI), flying solely some foreign destinations.

There are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Mandarin, Jetstar Asia, Phuket Airline, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Source: Xinhua