Gov’t to call for re-tender to upgrade Kawthaung Airport

YANGON-As Tender winner Company Golden Myanmar Airlines relinquished rights to carry out the upgrading tasks on Kawthaung Airport in Taninthayi Region, government will be calling for a re-tender to upgrade Kawthaung Airport, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

“Golden Myanmar Airlines Public Company backed off from Kawthaung Airport upgrades. So, we are going to call for a re-tender. We have some criteria that must be amended. The remaining two companies will be competing to sign the contract,” Deputy Minister Kyaw Myo from the Ministry of Transport and Communications told The Daily Eleven.

Plans were underway to upgrade three domestic airports: Heho Airport in Shan State, Kawthaung Airport in Taninthayi Region and Mawlamyaing Airport in Mon State to the international standard by joining hands with private companies.

It is expected that the upgrade for Heho airport will cost US$ 40 million, with US$ 20 million and US$ 36 million respectively for Mawlamyaing and Kawthaung Airports.

“Among three tender winners for three domestic airports upgrade, Golden Myanmar Airlines Public Company that was given rights to Kawthaung Airport’s upgrade backed off from project,” Ye Htut Aung, Deputy Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) told The Daily Eleven.

Aiming to upgrade three domestic airports through a public-private partnership (PPP) system, the Request for proposal had been tendered for upgrading of three domestic airports to the local and foreign developers.

“We opted out of the upgrading works of the Kawthaung Airport before April. We submitted our cancelation,” said Kyaw Nyein, Chief Executive Officer from Golden Myanmar Airlines.

Privately-owned Gold Myanmar Airlines currently operates two ATR72-600s on an exclusively domestic network covering 11 airports in Myanmar.

The DCA had announced that they invited tender for upgrading of domestic airports with PPP system through state-owned newspapers.

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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