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

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Bangkok – 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 on the development of the “Eastern Aviation City”.

Secretary-General of the EEC Committee Khanit Saengsuphan clarified the plan at the meeting, saying that the project includes the development of the 6,500-Rai U-Tapao airport with the construction of a passenger terminal, cargo facilities and an aircraft maintenance center. The construction is expected to begin in January next year 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.