DA NANG -- Da Nang Airport expects to welcome 3.6 million visitors this year, an increase of 600,000 people compared with last year.
The increase in visitors is largely due to a new flight route and the airport's new passenger terminal.
The new terminal at Da Nang's International Airport has been open for a month, said Le Xuan Tung, director of the Middle Airports Corporation, adding that the number of visitors may even surpass 3.6 million to as high as 4.5 million if the new flights remain popular.
It is expected that the airport's sales this year would increase by 21 per cent compared with last year.
In the recent Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, more than 2,500 flights take off and landed at the Da Nang Airport, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period last year and an increase of 45 per cent compared with normal days. More than 272,600 visitors came to the city during the holiday, an increase of 5 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Seven international airlines have flights to Da Nang City but this number is set to rise as international airlines such as Vietjet and Hainam Airlines are scheduled to begin flights to the city in the time to come.
It is forecast that Da Nang International Airport will welcome six million visitors each year by 2016.
The Middle Airports Corporation is lengthening its runway and plans to expand its terminal to be able to serve 10 million visitors each year by 2020. -- VNS