ANGON, 8 March 2016: A new international terminal at Yangon airport is scheduled to open this week to relieve passenger congestion at the country’s main international gateway.

Myanmar Times said the terminal should open 12 March according to Asia World Group, whose subsidiary Pioneer Aerodrome Services is the building contractor.

The USD660 million, three-storey building will house arrival and departure halls as well as a shopping centre; a crucial part of the project to earn revenue for the terminal’s owner.

It will be able to handle up to 6 million passengers a year, more than double the present capacity of 2.7 million in the old terminal. It is understood that the old terminal will eventually be used for domestic flights.

Pioneer Aerodrome signed a contract with the Department of Civil Aviation in 2013 to build and operate the new terminal, beating several international firms.

The company already manages Yangon airport, as well as Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, that opened in 2011.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism estimates the country attracted 4.68 million international tourists in 2015, a 51.95% increase from 3.08 million in 2014.

According to the ministry’s Master Plan for 2013 to 2020, arrivals are projected to hit 7.49 million by 2020.


Source: TTR Weekly

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