Government ponders plan to transform U-Tapao into Eastern Aviation City

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The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Committee has convened for the first time after the Eastern Economic Corridor Act was passed to acknowledge a 10-year plan for the development of an Eastern Aviation City.

Secretary-general of the committee Khanit Saengsuphan clarified the plan at the meeting, saying it includes the development of the 6,500-Rai U-Tapao airport with the construction of a passenger terminal, cargo facilities and an aircraft maintenance centre.Construction is expected to start next January and be completed approximately at the same time as a high-speed train project in 2023.

The Royal Thai Navy will be responsible for finding consultants to conduct studies on the airport’s development.

Minister of Industry Uttama Savanayana said the ministry will conduct roadshows abroad to attract foreign investors, particularly those in South Korea and Japan, to invest in the EEC after a plan to construct infrastructure in the EEC solidifies.

 

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Reporter : Suwit Rattiwan; Rewriter : Suwit Rattiwan; National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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