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N. Korea builds large-scale maintenance complex for Air Koryo planes: report

2016/09/01 16:11

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has built a large-scale airplane maintenance facility at Pyongyang International Airport to better service its national carrier Air Koryo, a Washington-based news media report said Thursday.

The facility was disclosed by Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, when he appeared at Radio Free Asia (RFA). He cited a satellite image dated May 10 that showed the new maintenance complex.

Melvin said the new facility is situated about a kilometer away from southern runway of the airport. He speculated the facility probably cost several million dollars to build.

The 500-meter-wide area has three large airplane hangars for maintenance, as well as support facilities, according to Melvin.

At the west side of the maintenance zone are four apartments for high-ranking officials and Air Koryo staff members, he said. There is also another accommodation facility for construction workers.

In a satellite picture taken on October in 2014, the area of the maintenance facility was an empty field.

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