The Organizational Structure

The Division is headed by a Director under which are six sections, namely as follows:-

1. Airport Planning & Development Section
2. Supervision of Airports Construction Section
3. Record, Research & Training Section
4. Aerodrome Design & Standards Section
5. Airport Safety & Certification Section
6. Aviation Electro-Mechanical Inspection Section

Out of these sections, the Airport License & Inspection Section is directly responsible for aerodrome certification matters.

The Airport Planning & Development Section consists of four sub-sections: Planning Branch, Estimate Branch, Airports Development Branch and Finance Branch.

The Supervision of Airports Construction Section has four sub-sections: Airport Civil Work Supervision Branch, Quality Control & Inspection Branch, Building Supervision Branch and System Engineering Branch.

The Record, Research & Training Section has four sub-sections: Record, Data & International Relationship Branch, Airports Research Branch, Training, Information & Technology Branch and Finance & Account Branch.

The Airport Design & Standards Section has five sub-sections: Airport Design & Standards Branch, Airport Geometric & Structural Design Branch, Environment, Water Supply, Sanitation & Waste Water Design Branch, Airport Terminal & Infrastructure Design Branch and Architectural Design Branch.

The Airport License & Inspection Section consists of five sub-sections: Airport Licensing & Certificating/Enforcement Branch, Airport Civil Work Inspection Branch, Surveying/Testing/Estimate Inspection Branch, Airport Operation Inspection Branch and Rescue & Fire Fighting Inspection Branch.

The Aviation Electro-Mechanical Inspection Section consists of three sub-sections: Aerodrome Electric & Technique Inspection Branch, Lighting & High Voltage System Inspection Branch and Technical System Inspection Branch.

Functions and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing and processing for approval of aerodrome manuals, on-site verification, inspection and testing of aerodrome systems, facilities and equipment;
  • Developing and reviewing of the national standards and practices for aerodrome design, operation and maintenance, and engineering specifications;
  • Developing and issuing orders, requirements, advisory circulars and guidance material relating to aerodrome standards and practices;
  • Reviewing plans and designs for new and existing aerodromes, to ensure compliance with the requirements of the ICAO SARPs and national standards;
  • Notifying the Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) of the certified aerodrome data and reviewing any amendments to aerodrome manuals and notifying the AIS of the changes to be made in AIS publications;
  • Coordinating with the AIS in the review of any notification received from an aerodrome operator and other agencies and service providers such as air traffic services and security;
  • Conducting periodic inspection of the aerodrome physical characteristics, facilities, equipment, operating procedures and aerodrome operator’s safety management system;
  • Reviewing the aerodrome operator’s safety audit reports and actions there on;
  • Making recommendation for grant or refusal of an aerodrome certificate according to MCAR Part – 139;
  • Developing and collecting of ICAO documents and guidance materials relating to aerodromes.
  • Conducting compliance of the airport construction activities, supervision and quality control.
  • Considering environmental impact at the aerodromes.
  • Developing guidelines for aeronautical study and risk assessment;
  • Development of Airports by allowing private sector participation encouraging airports;
  • Notifying differences to the ICAO if any differences exit between ICAO SARPs and national regulations;
  • Enforcement of all aerodrome in compliance with MCAR Part 139.

Airports In Myanmar

There are 69 Airports in Myanmar. Out of these 34 operational airports including 3 international airports. Schedule flights are operated at 29 airports. Three International Airports namely Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw which are managed by private sector. The rest 31 domestic airports are managed by Department of Civil Aviation.

Aerodromes Index 2018

Aerodrome Certification

  • Aerodrome Safety
  • Prevention of accidents
  • Reduction and elimination of deficiencies
  • Implementation of ICAO SARs, national standards and procedures.
  • Compliance with Annex-14 obligation

Aerodrome Certification Process

Dealing with Expression of Interest

  • The Department of Civil Aviation must be satisfied that the operation of an aerodrome at the place specified in the application will not endanger the safety of aircraft. The flying operation assessment shall be made prior to assessing formal application. If the result of this assessment are positive, formal application can be proceed.

Accessing a Formal Application

  • Applicants must submit one copy of the Aerodrome Manual with their application.
  • The Aerodrome Manual must comply with MCAR-Part 139 regarding its contents and completeness.

Assessing the Aerodrome Facilities

  • This assessment include lighting. visual aids and navigational aids.

Issuing of refusing an Aerodrome Certificate

  • This certificate is granted if the result of the assessment of the application is successful.
  • The certificate is refused if the assessment show that the applicant has not corrected all deficiencies.

Obstacle Control Mechanism

In exercise of the power conferred by section 5 (A) (c) of the Myanmar Aircraft Act 1934, Ministry of Transport and Communications issued order no.(171/2010) on 10 August 2010 for obstacle control to ensure the implementation of requirements relating to the group of obstacle limitation surfaces at and around aerodromes. Thie Ministry order was amended on 22 July 2019 as Order No. 136/2019.

This  order is applicable for all civil airports managed by the Department of Civil Aviation. The order includes the following limitations:-

  • Outer Horizontal Surface
  • Conical Surface
  • Inner Horizontal Surface
  • Approach Surface                
  • Inner Approach Surface
  • Transitional Surfaces
  • Inner Transitional Surfaces
  • Balked Landing Surfaces
  • Take-Off Climb Surface

Ministrial Notification on Control of Obstacle (2019)


Airports Construction & Maintenance Works in Progress

Yangon International Airport

Runway Extension

  • In 2005 the runway was extended by 3100 feet at runway 21 end. The runway extension work was completed on 10th July 2008 and available length is 11200 feet.

Terminal Building

  • Renovation and expansion work of Terminal Building was started on 2002. The size of new Terminal Building is ( 832 x 206 ) feet which can be catered 900 passengers incoming and 900 passengers outgoing. The Building was opened for public used in 25th May, 2007.

Taxiway overlay

  • 6 inches thickness of asphalt concrete Taxiway overlay work has been carrying out and currently 83% has been finished.

Putao Airport

Runway overlay

  • Bituminous macadam overlay work for existing runway has been carrying out since 2007 and currently 43% has been finished.

Runway Extension

  • The existing runway is being extended 1500 feet at south portion. The extension work has been carrying out and currently earth work cutting 70% and earth work filling 55% have been finished.

Myintkyina Airport

  • The existing runway is being extended 1000 feet at north portion. 400 feet of extension portion has been finished. The remainder portion 600 feet is being implementing and currently 23.25% has been finished.
  • 25 feet widening on each side of runway has been carrying out and currently 65% has been finished.
  • The Regulating course for Apron and taxiway have been carrying out and currently 28.5% has been finished.

Thandwe Airport

  • 500 feet runway extension work at north portion was completed and the available length ( 6000x100 ) feet has been using on 19th August 2010. And then another 2000 feet was extended and completed on May 2011. The available runway length is 8000 feet.

Kyaukpyu Airport

  • The existing runway is being extended to get 6000 feet available length. The extension work has been carrying out.

Kyaing Tong Airport

  • The runway extension work from (7500x75)feet to (8000x150 )feet has been finished on 25 April 2009. The asphalt concrete overlay work for runway ( 8000x150 )feet has been finished on 6 February 2011.

Tachilek Airport

  • The bituminous seal work at north portion ( 2300x100 ) has been implemented. The runway is being extended at north portion to get available length 8500 feet.

Myanmar Civil Aviation Requirements (MCAR) relating to Aerodromes


Operating Manuals, Handbooks, Procedures and Guidelines

Advisory Circulars

Head of Division

U Kyaw Soe

Tel: 95 1 533002
Fax: 95 1 533016
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