Bolivia's government expects the Uyuni international airport in southwestern Potosi department to begin fully operating in 2012, according to public works minister Walter Delgadillo.
The airport, budgeted at US$12mn, will open for regional travel by year-end, state news agency ABI reported.
An additional US$10mn will be spent to adapt the Uyuni airport for international flights, bringing the total investment to US$22mn.
The project aims to promote tourism in the region, especially in the Uyuni salt flat, which is located some 3,665m above sea level and receives some 60,000 tourists annually.
The government also plans to invest some US$380mn in Potosi department through 2015, Delgadillo said.
Some of the funds will be used for construction of the Potosi-Tarija and Potosi-Uyuni northern highways, as well as the Diagonal Jaime Mendoza highway, connecting Potosi to eastern Santa Cruz department.