The 2022 Southeast Asia Airport Review

Jakarta-Bandung rail link seen taking 40 years to breakeven, Mekong bridge study for Thai-Chinese high-speed rail, and more construction and transport news in Southeast Asia.

This week I’m travelling around the islands in the Andaman Sea of Southern Thailand. I’m doing some writing for Nomadic Notes, though I am always on the lookout for projects that relate to Future Southeast Asia.

I knew that work was going to be disrupted while I was island hopping every day. In anticipation of this, I wrote this week’s article before I left, and I was feeling pretty good about how organised I was. I scheduled half a day today to prepare this newsletter, and then the power went out on the island I’m on. The power was out for most of the day, so this newsletter is just making it out the door on its usual Wednesday deadline.

This week is the second annual Southeast Asia Airport Report. One of the benefits of running a curated newsletter is that I file news items into various categories. I save all the news about airports, which I can then condense into this annual report.

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🇧🇳 Brunei

🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

“The government must begin work on the new capital city in the second half of this year, as further postponement would jeopardize plans to make the move in 2024, according to the Public Works and Housing Ministry.”

“Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said the construction of 208 projects and 10 programs of National Strategic Projects (PSN) with an investment value of IDR 5,698.5 trillion ($407 billion) is targeted for completion in the third quarter of 2024.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

“The Transport Ministry will seek an allocation of 140 million baht from the central budget to fund a feasibility and design study on a new bridge across the Mekong River as part of the third phase of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project.”

"The Thai canal project is unlikely to be put to rest, despite the House of Representatives last week rejecting a study into the proposal, says an activist working on environmental issues."

[Updated: The Thai Canal]

“The construction of a third bridge across Songkhla Lake, linking Krasae Sin district in Songkhla province with Khao Chaison district in Phatthalung, is expected to begin in 2023 ahead of it opening in 2026, Department of Rural Roads Director-General Apirath Chaiwongnoy said yesterday.”

🇻🇳 Vietnam

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