December 18, 2016

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Hanthawady International Airport project determined to move forward

A conceptual design of the Hanthawady International Airport, submitted by the Yongnam CAPE-JGC Consortium. Photo: DCA
A conceptual design of the Hanthawady International Airport, submitted by the Yongnam CAPE-JGC Consortium. Photo: DCA

Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung underlined the government’s determination to complete the Hanthawady International Airport project, which was suspended in 2014.
“Under successive governments, the Civil Aviation Department has been committed to build an international airport that will become an international gateway and that is considered the pride of the nation. All the people involved are obliged to take that responsibility with firm determination,” said U Nyan Tun Aung, the Union Minister for Transport, at a meeting with department staff in Yangon yesterday.
The airport will be commissioned into service in 2022, four year later than its initial target date. The project was suspended to make time to procure Official Development Assistance loans by investors, according to the Department of Civil Aviation.
The airport project was previously targeted for completion in 2018, and then it was postponed to 2020.  The airport project is expected to be complete between 2020 and 2022.
The Hanthawady International Airport project, which is the largest of three airport projects being undertaken to accommodate the growing number of foreigner travellers to Myanmar, will be constructed on more than 9,000 acres of land where the Japanese army built an airport during World War II.
Located about 48 miles north east of Yangon in Bago Region, the international airport is projected to handle up to 12 million passengers per year.
Meanwhile, Mandalay International Airport, which was commissioned into service in September 1999, is being upgraded to serve as a cargo hub.
A consortium including Yongnam Holdings Ltd and Changi Airport Planners and Engineering (CAPE) from Singapore and Japan’s JGC Corporation won the tender for the contract to build the Hanthawady International Airport.—GNLM

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