By 2016, international arrivals to Myanmar are projected to exceed the capacity of Yangon’s Mingalar International Airport. To counter the strain being put on the services delivered by Mingalar, a project to build a new airport has been awarded to a Singapore-based consortium, including Changi Airport Planners and Engineers. The new airport is to be located near Bago, 80 kilometers from central Yangon, and the planned capacity is expected to cater for an additional 12 million passengers per year, doubling what the current airport can handle.
Richard Ludwig, Product Manager for EXO Travel, commented on the new plans; “These developments are greatly needed as the current airport is bordering on the limits of its capacity. It is fantastic news that the same developers of Changi, considered the best airport in the world, will be leading this project. We are, however, concerned about the distance. The current airport is located 20 kilometers from downtown, and it can take an hour with traffic to get into the city. Plans must include a fast and efficient transport option, preferably by train, between the airport and the center of the city.”
In addition to this, Mandalay International Airport’s new management have announced a USD 100 million upgrade. Included in the plans are upgrades to cargo services, improved jet ways and a renovation of the interior facilities.