Nyaung-U airport to be renovated to handle more passengers

Renovation work will be carried out this year at Nyaung-U airport in Bagan to enable it to handle more passengers in the wake of the ancient city being declared a World Heritage site, said a senior civil aviation official.

“We’ll carry out renovation work on the terminal. We’ll build rooms and upgrade the toilets for passengers,” Deputy Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation U Ye Htut Aung said.

Nyaung-U airport is not able to handle international flights, so the Ministry of Transport and Communication intends to upgrade Pakokku airport in Magwe Region first, according to the department.

After Bagan’s recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, a direct flight to Nyaung-U airport was proposed by Bangkok Airways but rejected by the department.

“It would be better to upgrade the airport first. Cleanliness in particular is important. Also, the layout of the airport should be modified with the help of experts to attract more visitors,” said U Aung Tun Lin, president of the Myanmar Tour Guide Association.

In the first half of 2019, more than 210,000 tourists visited Bagan, or around 90,000 more than in the same period last year, according to the Hotel and Tourism Directorate in Bagan, and tourism companies hope that number would increase.

Around 300,000 tourists visit Bagan each year, of whom more than 11,000 arrive by air.

Source: Myanmar Times

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