Chin State’s first airport commences test run

Construction of the first airport in Chin State has been completed and test landings have been conducted, paving the way for more tourism activities in the state, according to the Department of Civil Aviation.The first test landing took place at the Falam Surbung Airport in Chin State’s Falam township on October 27, said U Nay Win, director of DCA.

Chin is the poorest and least developed state in Myanmar but the completion of the new airport project will improve ecotourism, according to the Department of Civil Aviation.Construction of the Falam Surbung airport began on across 1289.5 acres of land in 2015-16 with a government budget exceedng K30 billion (US$27 million). The airport was initially scheduled to open this September.

The airport is built for landing and takeoff of ATR-72 aircraft, which are used to fly short-haul routes.
The Falam Surbung Airport runway measures 6000ft in length and 100ft in width and the runway thresholds and parking area is 250ft in length and 250ft in width.
Of the 69 airports in Myanmar, three are international airports [in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw] and 31 are domestic airports.
The Falam Surbung Airport will shorten travel times for both local and foreign tourists visiting Chin State. It will also support the development of the state,.attracting more investments and creating more jobs for locals.

The airport will enable passengers to travel to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon within hours and this will help the tourism industry develop, said Salai Issac Khen, former state minister for Municipal,Electricity and Industry. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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