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Southern airport project nears take-off

Goal is safe transport to and from Betong

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The long-pending plan to build a new airport in the restive southernmost city of Betong has come closer to reality. 

The Civil Aviation Department has nearly overcome the hurdle preventing the construction of the 1.3-billion-baht facility in Yala province from getting off the ground _ the acquisition of 920 rai of land.

Some 90% of the required plot for the state-funded airport has been obtained following painstaking negotiations with landlords, some of whom are villagers opposed to the project.

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