|Na Sản airport has been closed since 2004 for upgrades but the process has been slow due to a shortage of capital. – File Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Upgrading Nà Sản Airport in northern Sơn La Province will cost an estimated VNĐ2 trillion (US$89.3 million), according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAA).
Lại Xuân Thanh, CAA’s Director, said there are difficulties in arranging for funding from the State budget to develop Nà Sản Airport, since the airport was not included in the investment plan for 2016-20 period.
In order to carry out the construction of Nà Sản Airport before 2020, the CAA proposed the Ministry of Transport seek approval from the Prime Minister for an estimated VNĐ693 billion from the budget to build the airport.
The remaining capital would be sought from the CAA and private investment.
The CAA said that Nà Sản Airport, included in the approved master airport planning for 2020, played a significant role in the nation’s security and in stimulating socio-economic development of Sơn La Province and the northwest region.
Nà Sản Airport, 187 kilometres from Nội Bài International Airport and 110 kilometre from Điện Biên Airport, will be a 4C-class airport. A 4C airport has runway lengths of at least 1,800 metres and accommodates aircraft with a maximum wingspan of 24 to 36 metres and wheelbase of 6 to 9 metres.
The airport has been temporarily closed since 2004 for upgradation. The airport was expected to have capacity of serving 0.9 million passengers per year by 2020 and 1.5 million passengers by 2030. - VNS