Hantharwady Airport’s construction delays

The construction of Hantharwady International Airport in Bago region, which was initially scheduled on July 1 would be delayed since the selection process of construction companies have not yet finished, said t he Aviation Department.

The department planed to build the airport within three years and a halt to have capacity of handling some 12 million passengers a year.

The Tender Scrutinizing Committee is now examining seven companies who have already won the auction.

“Although, we expected to start the construction tasks on July 1st, it is impossible now. We are going to meet the construction company individually if the final scrutinizing report comes out,” Tin Naing Tun, Deputy Director-General of the Aviation Department said.

All seven companies have already submitted their proposals and the committee would select one of them who can offer good design at reasonable price, he said.

According to the original schedule, the construction work of the new airport would begin on July 1 and will last until December 31, 2017 before the opening of the airport in January 2018.

The construction of airport had been divided by three phases. The first phase included 12,000-ft long runway, 12 million passengers handling capacity, airport building and airport facilities. The second phase would upgrade the airport to have 15 million passengers handling capacity and the runway as well as terminals will be expanded if the number of passengers rise up to 25 million in final stage.

A chosen site for construction of airport is located on western part of Bago region, 50 mile far of Yangon.
The construction site is an old airfield, which was constructed for Japanese military aircraft during the World War II.

Source: Eleven News Media

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