Billions of US dollars invested in airports

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 16:54

Model of Long Thanh International Airport Photo kienviet.net

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) on Tuesday announced its plan to invest more than VND170 trillion (US$8 billion) on building and upgrading the Long Thanh, Chu Lai and Cam Ranh international airports and Quang Ninh Airport.

The CAAV plans to turn Long Thanh International Airport into a regional transport hub, competing with major airports around the world.

Located in the southern province of Dong Nai, the airport is designed to receive the A380-800 aircraft or the equivalent with an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo.

The first phase of work will be carried out from 2015 to 2020 with investment capital of VND151.7 trillion ($7.2 billion). It includes two parallel runways, a passenger terminal with a capacity of 25 million passengers per year and a cargo terminal with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of goods.

The CAAV said that Chu Lai International Airport in the central province of Quang Nam's Chu Lai Open Economic Zone would be upgraded with investment capital of VND11,469 billion ($546.1 million).

Chu Lai International Airport. Photo abay.vn

Chu Lai is an important cargo transport centre for the Dung Quat Industrial Park in Quang Ngai Province and the economic zone it will be located in. It will have two parallel runways, a passenger terminal capable of handling 2.3 million passengers per year and a cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year.

The project will be carried out from 2015 to 2025.

About VND4.5 trillion ($214.3 million) will be invested in upgrading Cam Ranh International Airport - the main airport serving Nha Trang in the central cost province of Khanh Hoa. The airport handles all domestic and international flights to Nha Trang.

Cam Ranh International Airport. Photo baotintuc

The project, that will start in 2015 and be completed by 2030, will include a new runway and upgrade work on Runway 1.

According to the CAAV, the construction of Quang Ninh Airport in Van Don Island district in the northern province of Quang Ninh will be divided into two phases.

The first phase from 2015 to 2020 will allow the airport to receive two million passengers and 4,050 tonnes of cargo per year.

The second phase until 2030 will increase cargo capacity to 7,500 tonnes per year.

Model of Quang Ninh Airport. Photo baoquanninh.com.vn

The project includes runways, taxiways, airfields, an air traffic control tower, a passenger terminal and a cargo terminal. Total investment is estimated at VND5.1 trillion ($243 million).

Decision 21/QD-TTg dated January 8, 2009 issued by the Prime Minister stated that Viet Nam should have 26 airports by 2020, of which ten were international hubs. — VNS

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