VP U Henry Van Thio inspects NyaungU airport upgrade, renovation of Bagan pagodas

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects the upgrading process of the NyaungU airport project in NyaungU yesterday. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects the upgrading process of the NyaungU airport project in NyaungU yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected upgrade of NyaungU airport for customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities and renovation of quake-affected pagodas in Bagan. During the trip, the Vice President was accompanied by Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung and departmental heads.
They were welcomed by Acting Chief Minister of Mandalay Region U Zar Ni Aung, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min, Regional Government’s Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Min, its Planning and Finance Minister U Myat Thu and officials in NyaungU.
At the briefing room of NyaungU airport project, Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung reported on upgrading the airport for international passenger flights and Bagan-Siam Reap direct flights between Myanmar and Cambodia.
Deputy Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation U Kyaw Soe explained facts about the airport and related matters including environmental impact assessment, noise levels, potential airlines, facilities and services.
Union Minister U Ohn Maung made discussions about the tourism development plans related to the new airport, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health and Sports about healthcare services, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population U Aye Lwin about immigration processes and officials from Myanmar Tourism Federation and Myanmar Airways International about Bagan-Siem Reap direct flights.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio advised cooperation of relevant ministries for sustainable development of UNESCO World Heritage site Bagan and tourism development in the area, passenger lounge, installation of modern equipment for security, health and immigration checks at arrival and departure areas of the airport and setting up QR code for travel information.
After the meeting, the Vice President and party climbed up Nan Myint Tower, and enjoyed the scenic view of Bagan area.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as the Chairman of National Cultural Central Committee, and party arrived at Bagan Archaeological Museum, and heard reports on renovation works at the pagodas.
The Vice President also advised coordination of relevant departments and organizations in preservation and renovation of cultural heritages.
They later looked around renovation works at Myinpyagu, Thatbyinnyu, Sulamani and Dhammayangyi pagodas and contributed cash donatons.
The Vice President and party arrived back to Nay Pyi Taw by cars.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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