Sep 17, 2012

Myanmar to start building new int'l airport in 2013

Myanmar will begin construction of a new international airport, the Hanthawaddy International Airport, in 2013, local media reported Thursday.

Ten local and over 50 foreign firms have already submitted their tenders, said the Biweekly Eleven.

The airport is designed to handle 10 million passengers.

Lying in central Bago region, the project will cover over 3,645 hectares, it was disclosed.

The Hanthawaddy International Airport will be the fourth of its kind in Myanmar after that of Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.

The new airport was first planned in March 1994 but without realization.

Meanwhile, the existing Dawei regional airport at Dawei Deep Seaport in southern Tanintharyi region will be upgraded to an international level one within three years at a cost of 4 million U.S. dollars, another report said.

Moreover, Myanmar is also carrying out a plan of privatization of all domestic airport businesses to promote the civil aviation industry.

Besides the three existing international airports, there are also 29 regional airports in Myanmar.

Source: Xinhua