Major airport building plans in Myanmar

Seven major global firms including Bouygues, Vinci and Japan’s Taisei are leading consortia that have been selected to bid for the construction of a new international airport in Myanmar.

Work on the new Hanthawaddy International Airport in the central Bago region is expected to begin in June this year, and to be complete by 2016, local media report.

More than a million tourists visited Myanmar in 2012, according to Myanmar’s tourism ministry, up from around 800,000 in 2011.

Yangon airport (pictured) is to be supplemented by new Hanthawaddy International Airport

The seven consortia are led by:

  • Yongnam Holdings, Singapore

  • Tasai, Japan

  • Gamuda, Malaysia

  • Bouygues, France

  • ITNL, Singapore

  • Vinci, France

  • Incheon, South Korea

In all, 20 companies are pursuing the contract to build and operate the new airport via the consortia, only one of them from Myanmar, according to information released by the Department of Civil Aviation.

Meanwhile, ITNL, Vinci and Bouygues are also leading three of seven consortia selected to bid for another major airport project in Myanmar – the development and operation of the existing Mandalay International Airport (MIA).

China’s AVIC International Holdings and China Harbour Engineering are also leading consortia for the MIA project.

A refurbishment and expansion programme is also underway at Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport.

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