Island airport project nears completion
KIEN GIANG — The southern province of Kien Giang will inaugurate the first phase of Phu Quoc International Airport in December this year, said the provincial People's Committee recently.
|Passengers get off a plane at the Phu Quoc Airport in the southern province of Kien Giang. Vietnam Airlines has transported more than 24,000 passengers to the island, including over 11,000 foreign travellers. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
Construction of the 900 ha airport began in Duong To Commune in the island district of Phu Quoc in 2008 with a total investment of VND16.2 trillion (US$771million). It will serve domestic flights between Phu Quoc and Ha Noi, HCM City and other destinations. It will also connect the district with the region and the world to help develop the island's economy, investment and especially its eco-tourism sector.
The airport, which is expected to be completed by 2020, has been built with 50 per cent of the total investment coming from the Southern Airports Corporation.
Up to now, the main components of the airport runway and taxiways, aircraft parking and passenger terminal have basically been completed and ready to put into operation on schedule.
According to the committee, the airport will play a vital role in Phu Quoc's economic development as well as development across Kien Giang Province and the Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta. — VNS