Thursday, 10 July 2014

Myanmar delays local airport plans

Myanmar has deferred plans to improve its domestic airports as the country is concentrating on upgrading international airports, a senior Myanmar Department of Civil Aviation official said Wednesday.

The Myanmar government last year mooted plans to lure local and foreign developers to join plans to improve 30 domestic airports in public and private partnership, including managing them.

But department director-general Win Swe Tun said the focus now was on building a new international airport in Yangon and improve two international airports in Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, The Irrawaddy said on Wednesday.


''We're also busy with the three other international airport development projects, so I think domestic airport projects will be tendered after we finish all these [international airports],'' The Irrawaddy quoted him as saying.

The official said the three airport projects will take several years to complete.

The country is building Hanthawaddy as a new international airport in the commercial capital. Yangon international airport in Mingaladon is the main airport of the country.

A South Korean investment group led by Inchoen Airport won the bid to build the new airport in Yangon last year.

A consortium including Mitsubishi Corp of Japan won a bid to rehabilitate and manage Mandalay international airport last year.

Myanmar has 69 local airports across the country.


source: Bangkok Post
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