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Mawlamyine Airport (formerly Moulmein Airport) is an airport in Mawlamyine (Moulmein), Myanmar (IATA: MNU, ICAO: VYMM).

Mawlamyine Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesMawlamyine
LocationMawlamyine, Myanmar
Elevation AMSL16 m / 52 ft
Coordinates16°26′41.09″N 97°39′38.41″E / 16.4447472°N 97.6606694°E / 16.4447472; 97.6606694
Map
MNU is located in Myanmar
MNU
MNU
Location of airport in Burma
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,603 5,260 Asphalt

HistoryEdit

Mawlamyine (Moulmein) Airport was initially established in 1941. During World War II, it was a Royal Air Force field.[1] It was used not only by the British but also by the Flying Tigers, an American volunteer pilot group then.

On 20 January 1942, as a major air operation in Southeast Asia, the 62nd Sentai Heavy Bombers escorted by the 50th Sentai of Imperial Japanese Army Air Service attacked the airfield and its satellite at Mudon with a total of 65 planes.[2] On 28 February 1942, Japanese General Obata visited the airfield and it was reconstructed with 450 Japanese construction crews to be used as Air Force headquarters for attacking British airfield at Mingaladon.[3]

After Burma's independence in 1948, the Union of Burma Airways (UBA) was founded and started its domestic services to local airports including Mawlamyine (Moulmein) Airport.

On 14 March 1949, a De Havilland DH.104 Dove 1 of the Union of Burma Airways, registration XY-ABO, crashed in Gulf of Mottama (Martaban) en route from Mingaladon Airport to Mawlamyine (Moulmein) Airport. Nine passengers and two crew (Captain P.H. Sparrow, pilot, and L.A. Stephens, radio officer) were lost.[4] It was probably the first ever civilian plane crash in Burma's aviation history.

In September 2013, Nok Air Mini started flights between the Thai border town Mae Sot and Mawlamyine. This was the first time the airport handled international flights after 1948.[5] However, Nok Air Mini stopped its service due to the poor condition of the runway and facilities.

ModernisationEdit

The Mawlamyine Airport’s runway is being upgraded in the 2018 budget year. A total of MMK 114 million will be spent to upgrade the runway.[6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinationsRoute
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines Yangon Domestic
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon Domestic

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hammel, Eric (2010). Aces Against Japan II: The American Aces Speak. Pacifica Military History. pp. 63–68.
  2. ^ Ford, Daniel. Tales of the Flying Tigers. Warbird Books. ISBN 9781530249930.
  3. ^ Ford, Daniel (2014). Rising Sun Over Burma: Flying Tigers and Wild Eagles, 1941-1942 - How Japan Remembers the Battle. Lulu Press, Inc.
  4. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident 14-MAR-1949 de Havilland DH.104 Dove 1 XY-ABO". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  5. ^ "Nok Air's starts Mae Sot-Mawlamyine flights - The Nation". The Nation. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  6. ^ "Mawlamyine to get airport upgrades". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 2018-06-16.