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Remote town of Lailenpi in Chin State to be the site of new airport


Some good news has been announced for 40,000 people living in the far-flung town of Lailenpi, Matupi District, southern Chin State, where there is no access to telephone and postal services. The town is to have a small airport built with an 800m runway. 

The airport is part of a series of small airports to be built for Chin State and will have a capacity of serving 10-seat aircraft. The US$2.2m airport project will be implemented by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International in cooperation with the government ministries and departments concerned, Health & Hope, a Christian relief and development organization working in western Myanmar and overseas based engineering group EMI.

Mr Chad Tilley, country representative of MAF, said that it is targeted to start implementing the project the following summer.

 “Such a small airport cannot serve some big aircrafts and is suitable for 10-to-13-seat aircraft landings. We chose this place to build an airport since it is more difficult to go there than other places,” he added.

MAF is a non-profit organization with a long history and track record in constructing airstrips and providing a secure humanitarian and development aviation service to isolated regions around the world.

Lailenpi was a village that was promoted to town status two years ago. Currently, it takes five days to get to Yangon from the town between January to April and two weeks during the remaining calendar year due to difficulties on the route cause by the heavy rains. When the project is done, the airport will be of economic help to trade and the tourism industry of Chin State as well as the socio-economic life of people living in over 100 villages around the town.

Having a cliff of 1200m in height, a variety of orchids and natural scenery, the Lailenpi area is in a beautiful geographic location which is a good destination for tourism business opportunities.

Mr Chad Tilley also gave his remark saying that bordered with India, Lailenpi might later become a mountain resort popular with foreign travellers.

There are nine towns and many travel destinations in Chin State which has a population of 50,000.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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