New airport to rise in historic Myanmar site
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Plans for a new airport in the Mrauk-U, the ancient town in western Myanmar, are being moved forward.
The Irrawaddy reported U Aung Kyaw Zan, regional transport minister for Myanmar’s Arakan state, formerly known as Rakhine, as saying that private developers are being sought to construct the new airport, which has stalled after initially starting in 2015.
“We are… calling on international and local companies to invest and to continue the project,” the minister said.
The airport is located to the south of Mrauk-U, the city that was the centre of the Mrauk-U Kingdom from the 15th to 18th centuries. Its collection of temples is considered second only to Bagan.
At present, Sittwe is the closest major airport to Mrauk-U.
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