Feb 21, 2012

Myanmar to add two new int'l airports to meet future development

Myanmar is projecting to add two new international airports to meet future development of the country and foreign investment is being invited in this aspect, most probably from Japan and Singapore, local media reported Sunday.

The two new planned airports are Hanthawaddy International Airport in central Bago region and Dawei International Airport at Dawei Deep Sea-port in southern Tanintharyi region.

Of the two planned airports, the existing Dawei domestic airport will be upgraded to international level within three years at a cost of 4 million U.S. dollars, officials of the Civil Aviation Department were quoted as saying.

So far, partly implemented by the Italian-Thai Development Public Company, the Dawei airport is being expanded with its runway and construction of other facilities will follow.

At present, besides the three existing international airports, there are also 29 regional airports in Myanmar totaling 32.

The Hanthawaddy international airport was once planned in 2000 but with no realization.

The construction of the Dawei international airport is linked with a signed deep sea-port project.

In November 2010, Myanmar Port Authority and the Italian-Thai Company signed a framework agreement on implementing the Dawei deep sea-port project which also covers the projects of an industrial zone, road and rail link to Thailand.

As the preparatory stage, small construction work on provisional Dawei river-crossing bridge is underway and road to link the main work site of the planned Dawei deep seaport is being renovated to pave way for the project implementation.

The Dawei deep seaport, industrial zone and road and rail link to Thailand construction project represents the first ever special economic zone in Myanmar.

The project, which costs 13 billion U.S. dollars, includes construction of Dawei Deep Seaport, buildings for shipyard and maintenance work, establishment of zone, petrochemical industries, oil refinery, steel plant, power stations and Dawei-Bangkok motor road and railroad and laying of oil pipeline along the motorway and railroad, according to the framework agreement.

The project is targeted to complete in a decade under three phases.

Source: Xinhua