Ulaanbaatar to Have New International Airport

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The Mongolian government has agreed with the government of Japan on a US$270 million soft loan, repayable over 40 years at a rate of just 0.2 percent to build a new airport to service Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. The city’s current airport suffers from occasional high winds and has a relatively short runway unsuitable for 747s and larger aircraft.

The new facility, to be built and completed by 2015, will be able to service all larger modern aircraft and affords better protection from wind shear. It should reduce annual flight cancellations and delays from the current level of 2.5 percent down to 0.5 percent. The airport will be built in the Khoshigt Valley, near Terelj in Tov Aimag, about 54 kilometers from the capital. Construction on the new airport – together with a high speed motorway that connects Ulaanbaatar with the airport – is expected to be started later this year. The loan was agreed on condition that Japanese contractors and suppliers were used.

Since the late 1990s, international air traffic to Mongolia has been increasing, and it is expected that the rate will continue to increase. Capacity is set to rise from the current level of 600,000 passengers annually to roughly 2.5 million passengers annually. That is about the same as the total national population. Cargo capacity is set to increase 10-fold.

The improvements in air travel go hand in hand with plans to lessen dependence on rail links to China. Mongolia will also see the development and construction of an eastern spur from the Trans-Mongolian line heading east from Ulaanbaatar to the eastern Trans-Siberia route which will link Mongolia directly to a sea port for the first time – circumnavigating the current need for Mongolian raw materials, goods and products to pass through China prior to export. China has a history of closing the border with Mongolia at times of political and religious tensions such as the Dalai Lama’s visits to the country, so increasing alternative transportation routes to provide options other than reliance on China are increasingly being seen as a desirable policy.

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2 Responses to Ulaanbaatar to Have New International Airport

  1. toxic bob says:

    You forgot to mention the proposed Casino and the destruction of Terelj.
    The Yakuza are already firmly entrenched in Mongolia, the Japanese tried to invade you in the 1930’s now you are letting them do what they like.
    What about the 4 American Military Bases agreed to in 2005 as part of the Third Neighbour Policy during George Bush’s visit?One of them is already under construction.
    This project is another example of no jobs for Mongolians like Oyu Tolgoi which now has over 7000 Chinese workers and few jobs for Mongolians.
    There is plenty of room at Buyant Ukhaa to upgrade facilities without the obligation to Japanese Gangsters and sex tourists.

  2. Sainayar says:

    @toxic bob
    mate there is not enough room at Buyant Uhaa, in fact there isnt enough room to build a new terminal that would meeet the current icao standards same with the runway there isnt enough room unless if they want to build it seperately

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