Construction of Chin State airports make progress despite COVID-19

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Despite some construction delays, Chin State’s first airport is expected to open by June.

Construction of Surbung Airport in Falam township, Chin State, will be complete by this month, U Soe Htet, a spokesperson for the Chin State government.

“Work is progressing on schedule as we have maintained 300 workers on the construction site,” he said.

The workers are being isolated at the construction site and have been asked not to leave. Likewise, outsiders are not allowed to enter the area.

Currently, the K37 million airport is around 75 percent complete with an 800 meter runway.

Meanwhile, a second airport, Lailenpi, is also under construction at Matupi township, southern Chin State.

It is so far around 70pc complete, according to an official from the Chin State government.

“This is the second airport in Chin State. It is a small airport with the capacity to handle 20-seat aircraft,” he said.

The Lailenpi airport is being constructed with $2.2 million in foreign aid from Mission Aviation Fellowship International based in the UK.

Lailenpi is a remote town situated at the border between Myanmar and India. Getting to Lailenpi from Yangon by car would take travelers three days or more.

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