Air cargo blessing at ground-breaking in Myanmar

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Myanmar has started to modernise its air cargo infrastructure with the recent blessing of a new facility at Yangon International Airport (YIA) the country’s principal air gateway. The blessing ceremony also doubled as a ground-breaking for the start of Mingalardon Cargo building a new and modern cargo warehouse at YIA.

“Located close to the Southern end of the runway, the new facility, built on an one hectare site, will have integrated facilities for export and import of air cargo with increased storage and all other services required of a high quality cargo warehouse,” Mingalardon Cargo Services (MSC) said via its website

“Construction work is now underway and will take approximately 14 months and the facility is estimated to be ready by May 2020,” Mingalardon added.

The new building is a significant expansion for Mingalardon who till now have been training their staff by observing Qatar Airways. The company has also had Operational Safety & Process (Quality) Auditing by Singapore Airlines (SQ), its website added.

So far only MCS is providing services in Myanmar to export via air. However, MC-Jalux Airport Service is reportedly building a new cargo terminal at Mandalay International Airport to provide cargo services.

Based in the North of the country, Mandalay could send fruits and flowers from middle and upper areas of Myanmar and handiworks and industrial products from upper areas of Myanmar.

Yangon is Myanmar’s commercial capital but has yet to have any significant manufacturing capacity.

Infrastructure improvement is a big issue in Myanmar where increasing export and import volumes, albeit from a low base, hit an old and dilapidated infrastructure as the country edges into the world trading system.