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Flight landing to be tested at Surbung Airport

15 October 2020 – The Surbung Airport near Falam, Chin State is set to see its first flight landing and take-off tested late this month as the construction has been completed.

The testing would take place on 27 October, according to the MRTV, a state-run Myanma Radio and Television. However, the airport will not start its operations yet owing to COVID-19 pandemic.

H.E. U Kyaw Myo, deputy minister of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, was quoted by Eleven Media as saying that the Myanmar National Airlines would run the testing.

In June this year, the initial testing of flight communication systems was carried out with the pilot suggesting that more leveling of the landing ground needed to be done.

Later, the Chin State government said that it would postpone the June plan to open the airport ascribing the delay to COVID-19 restrictions.

When officially opened, the airport will host direct flights from Kalay of Sagaing Region, Mandalay, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw.

The airport is located at the height of 1,830 meters (6,000 ft) above sea level and its asphalt runway, designed to have a capacity for planes that can carry as many as 60 passengers, is 30 meters wide and 1,830 meters long.

It will be the first airport in Myanmar’s least developed state, which is seen as the possible catalyst for easier access to the mountainous region bordering India and Bangladesh.#

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