DCA sub­mits plan for re­gional air­ports to be pri­vately run

The Myanmar Times - - Business - STEVE GIL­MORE s.gil­more@mm­times.com

THE Depart­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion has sub­mit­ted a plan un­der which pri­vate firms would ren­o­vate and run re­gional do­mes­tic air­ports across Myan­mar un­der pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) agree­ments, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral U Ye Htut Aung told The Myan­mar Times.

The DCA sub­mit­ted the plan to the Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions last month for in­spec­tion, which in turn will sub­mit the plan to the re­gional gov­ern­ment, he said. “We will call a ten­der if we get ap­proval,” he said, adding that it was too early to com­ment on the struc­ture of the planned ten­der.

Myan­mar is busy up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing air­ports and build­ing new ones. Yangon In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s new T1 ter­mi­nal opened in March and now hosts a bevy of in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers. U Ye Htut Aung said Yangon’s new do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal, which will host all do­mes­tic air­lines, is sched­uled to open for its first flight in the last week of Novem­ber.

The plan to have do­mes­tic air­ports across Myan­mar run by for­eign firms was first mooted by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment. That ad­min­is­tra­tion got as far as tak­ing a reg­is­tra­tion of in­ter­est from 46 firms re­gard­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in 30 do­mes­tic air­ports back in 2014. But de­lays meant the plan was never car­ried out, U Ye Htut Aung said.

He is hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment will call a ten­der for the PPP ini­tia­tive.

U Ye Htut Aung pre­vi­ously told The Myan­mar Times that sev­eral re­gional air­ports pop­u­lar with tourists will be able to han­dle in­ter­na­tional flights af­ter their up­grades.

Heho Air­port in Shan State, NyaungU in Man­dalay Re­gion, Thandwe in Rakhine State, and Dawei in Tanintharyi Re­gion are ex­am­ples of the types of air­ports that may take on flights from other coun­tries fol­low­ing the up­grades, he said in Septem­ber.

The up­grade to in­ter­na­tional air­ports will be done with tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency, with some sched­uled to be com­plete by 2018 with the long­est-term plans ex­pected to be done by 2028, he said.

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