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Hanthawaddy International Airport Project to Begin Next Year

YANGON—The long-postponed, Japan-backed Hanthawaddy International Airport project will start next year, Deputy Director-General U Ye Htut Aung of the Ministry of Transport and Communications told The Irrawaddy. The Civil Aviation Department, the Yangon Aerodrome Co Ltd—which operates Yangon International Airport—and Japanese government officials, led by the deputy transport minister, have held five rounds of talks […]

Japan mulls resuscitating failed Hanthawaddy airport proposal

Japan and Myanmar are in discussions about resuscitating the failed Hanthawaddy International Airport project, according to the transport minister. U Thant Sin Maung, Minister for the Ministry of Transport and Communication, held a meeting with Tsukasa Akimoto, Japan’s State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, on April 30. The […]

Thiri Mingalar Shut-Down Order Draws Focus on Yangon’s Traffic, Car-Park Shortage Problems

Car brokers are lobbying for the government to provide an alternative compound at Mingalardon Township that is large enough and conducive for them to do business. This, after the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) ordered the Thiri Mingalar car centre in Ahlone Township shuttered on August 16. In fact, plans for such a compound to […]

Myanmar pushes ahead with new carrier, airport

Asia’s recently democratized nation, Myanmar (formerly Burma), is expanding its aviation capability with a new airline and the construction of an international airport. The new carrier, to be named Asian Blue Aviation, is joint venture (JV) between Japan’s full-service carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Myanmar-based banking, infrastructure and telecoms company Golden Sky World, a […]

KOICA signs for Dala and Bago master plans

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has signed with the Ministry of Construction for several ambitious projects – including master plans for the north and south of Yangon and designing a national road network. The South Korean government’s grant aid arm recently signed with the minister to prepare two regional development plans, said chief Myanmar representative […]

Myanmar Airport Expansion Plans Take Off

Growing international traffic is driving a rapid expansion of Myanmar’s major airport network as it works to keep up with overseas arrivals. In February, Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced that work on the new Hanthawaddy International Airport, located 70 kilometres outside of Yangon, would begin next year, with the facility set to be […]

Private Sector Development of Domestic Airports Postponed

YANGON — The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said on Tuesday that it is indefinitely delaying its plans to invite foreign and local companies to upgrade 30 out Myanmar’s 69 domestic airports. “We’re also busy with the three other international airport development projects, so I think domestic airport projects will be tendered after we finish […]

Myanmar looks to private firms to improve dire air safety record

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. (Reuters) – Myanmar aims to lure private companies to upgrade and run nearly half its airports in a bid to spruce up its poor record on air safety and support a fast-growing tourism industry, officials said on Tuesday. […]

Govt Invites Private Investors to Upgrade 30 Domestic Airports

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list YANGON — The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced on Wednesday that it plans to use local and foreign private investors to upgrade 30 of Myanmar’s 69 domestic airports in a bid to improve the country’s underdeveloped airport capacity and infrastructure. “We want to stop using the government […]

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry Booms Despite Grim Safety Record

KONEMOE, Shan State — Htay Aung was riding pillion on a motorbike last Christmas morning, wending through the cool hills of eastern Burma, when Air Bagan Flight 11 came down on top of him. The Fokker 100—more than 24 tons of aircraft, plus 65 passengers and six crew—sheared its way through trees and power lines, […]