New Myanmar capital gets international airport

Naypyitaw International is country’s third after Mandalay and Yangon

A new international airport has been unveiled in Myanmar’s new capital Naypyitaw. Opened to coincide with today’s fourth summit of the Greater Mekong Subregion – a grouping that consists of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and China – the new airport has a capacity for up to 65,000 flights a year. Naypyitaw International Airport is the country’s third international airport after Mandalay and Yangon.
Myanmar’s military government announced that it was changing the capital to Naypyitaw, a city secretly constructed on a plateau about 400 kilometres north of Yangon, in 2005. Construction began on the airport in 2007.
[pictured: Naypyitaw International Airport illustration created in 2009]


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