Myanmar suspends all flights, shuts down airports after military coup

Myanmar suspends all flights, shuts down airports after military coup

After much political drama and declaration of emergency, Myanmar has shut down all its airports and suspended flights. According to the government agency in charge of air travel in the country, all passenger flights in Myanmar have been suspended following the military coup. As the events unfolded, various embassies in the country started updating about the condition on their social media platforms.

The US Embassy in Myanmar took to its Facebook page and informed that the road to the international airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, was shut down on Monday. Their Twitter page said “reports indicate that all airports in Myanmar are closed” and they have issued a “security alert” following the detention of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

China, on the other hand, refrained from commenting and said it was still gathering more information about Monday’s events. Myanmar and China share cordial relationships. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “China is a friendly neighbour of Myanmar. We hope that all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability.”

India’s Ministry of External Affairs also expressed its deep concern and said “India has always been steadfast in its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld.”

On Monday, Myanmar’s military detained Aung San Suu Kyi and several democratically elected leaders and seized power. The military then declared a state of emergency and announced to hold a new election at the end of a one-year state of emergency.

As of now, all the international air travel to the country has been stopped and flights have been suspended.

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