Myanmar, Germany to cooperate in upgrading ports, airports

09:39, July 20, 2011      

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Myanmar and Germany will cooperate in upgrading ports and airports of Myanmar aimed at raising freight handling capacity of the country, the local Pyi Myanmar News reported Tuesday.

Fritz Werner Industries Ausrustungen Co., Ltd of Germany, in cooperation with Myanmar, will upgrade the airports in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Bagan-Nyaung U as well as Yagon port and Thilawa Port.

Myanmar private companies were granted to operate ports in Yangon early last year.

Yangon port, which is among the nine sea ports in the country, handles most of Myanmar's import and export goods with its foreign trade and the port extension project is set to be completed within three years.

On completion of extension project of Yangon Port, a total of 41 jetties can accommodate 43 vessels simultaneously and the ports would handle 80 million tons of cargo per year.

There are some five major port terminals at the Yangon Port, namely Bo Aung Kyaw, Botataung, Pansodan, Nanthida and Sule.

Of them, the international cargo ships berth at the Yangon port, Sule, Bo Aung Kyaw, Asia World and Myanmar Industrial.

There were 1,200 international cargo ships berthing at the Yangon port for loading and unloading.

Meanwhile, Myanmar is implementing a plan to extend and upgrade Yangon International Airport to an international level one capable of handling 3.8 million passengers a year and giving full service that an international-level airport does.

There are six domestic airlines in Myanmar including one state- owned, which is the Myanmar Airways, and five private-run -- Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Kanbawza.

There is also another Myanmar international airline, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI), flying solely some foreign destinations.

There are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Mandarin, Jetstar Asia, Phuket Airline, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

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