Myanmar is cooperating with the Japanese giant Mitsubishi to upgrade Tada-U International Airport in Mandalay Region, which has the longest runway in South East Asia, said Zarni Aung, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry and Construction on March 16.

“The regional government is inviting investors from Singapore to seek opportunities to have the good prospects of Mandalay Region,” said the minister.

It will be a good location for South East Asia after the upgrading process.

The airport is located 35 kilometres away from south of Mandalay and its runway has over 4,200 meters in length, the longest in South East Asia.

It is expected to handle up to three million passengers annually and the airlines have been invited, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, Mandalay Region Chief Minister.

“Building an airport is an important factor for investment,” he said.

At present, Mandalay Region is recognised as one of ten smart cities in South East Asia region. The region is also located as a logistics hub for Myanmar in China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative.