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Engineering & Construction

Thai group wins $9.2bn airport project in key economic zone

Japanese operator Narita tipped to manage soon-to-be refurbished facility

Thai government plans to ramp up the capacity of U-Tapao Airport to 12 million passengers a year from 2.5 million with the planned third terminal.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Thai government has appointed a local consortium to refurbish an airport in the east of the country in a project worth 290 billion baht ($9.2 billion) despite uncertainties around the aviation industry crippled by the coronavirus outbreak.

The renewal of U-Tapao International Airport owned by the Royal Thai Navy is the largest of the government's five key infrastructure projects in the special economic zone, known as the Eastern Economic Corridor.

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