International airport reveals next step in island development
KIEN GIANG (VNS)– An international airport linking isolated Phu Quoc Island to the rest of the world will be put into operation on December 15, according to Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the People's Committee of the southern Kien Giang Province's Phu Quoc District.
Construction started in November 2008 in the district's Duong To Commune, covering a 905 ha area with an investment of VND16.2 trillion (US$771.7 million).
The airport is expected to transport seven million passengers and 27,600 tonnes of goods per year.
Phu Quoc, which houses 100,000 people on an area of 589 square km., is Viet Nam's biggest and most populated island, according to the people's committee chairman. With potential advantages in the tourism and fishery sectors, it can contribute significantly to the economic development of Kien Giang Province and the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta.
Since 2005, the island's socio-economic situation has experienced positive changes. This year, its GDP is estimated to reach VND2.15 trillion ($102 million), five times the 2004 statistic. The number of tourists has increased by 13 per cent per year. – VNS