Coup in Myanmar: suspended flights, closed airports

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Following the military coup on February 1, 2021, flights to and from Myanmar were suspended and all airports in the country have been shut.

“Reports indicate that all airports in Myanmar are closed. We will seek more information and provide updates as they become available,” said The United States Embassy in Myanmar in a tweet. According to a later message by the embassy, the road to the international airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, was also shut down. Furthermore, the US Embassy advised all American citizens in the country to avoid any unnecessary travel. 

On February 1, 2021, in a notice to airmen (NOTAM), all pilots were instructed not to fly in and out of Myanmar without permission. All flights have been suspended and airports closed until May 31, 2021, reported The Myanmar Times.

Air travel to and from Myanmar has been suspended after the country’s military seized power and detained democratically elected leaders. The new government declared the state of emergency for one year, until a new election will be organized. 

Before the coup, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has extended the suspension of international flights until the end of January 2021. 


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