Sunday, April 26, 2009

Myanmar building new airport for capital

YANGON, April 25, 2009 (AFP) - Myanmar's military government is constructing a new international airport in the administrative capital Naypyidaw that will be able to handle 10.5 million passengers a year, state media said Saturday.

Work on The Nay Pyi Taw International Airport Project was begun in January by the privately-owned Asia World, which also constructed Yangon International Airport, an article in the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

The new airport in the remote capital will be built in three stages, it said.

'After the first phase is completed, the airport will be able to cope with 3.5 million passengers, and after the third phase is completed, it will be able to cope with 10.5 million passengers annually,' the paper said.

The project will take an estimated 30 months to complete, said Singapore-based CPG Consultants, which drew up the blueprints, according to the daily.

'The design of Nay Pyi Taw International Airport is modern and passengers can enter the airport easily and comfortably,' Nay Lin, project director of Asia World, was quoted as saying by the paper.

'The airport will be... equipped with all necessary modern decorations and machines (that) an international airport should have,' he added.

The paper did not give details on the cost of the construction.

Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962. The ruling junta built the new administrative capital in central Myanmar in 2002. The junta moved all ministries to the capital in 2005.

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