|The Điện Biên Airport is expected to have a capacity of about 300,000 passengers and 500 tonnes of cargo per year by 2020. — Photo cafef.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has assigned the People’s Committee of the northern province of Điện Biên to oversee the investment and construction of Điện Biên Airport.
According to the development plan of air transport, Điện Biên Airport will be researched and implemented from now to 2020.
The early investment and expansion of the airport is necessary to remove the bottleneck of transportation, improve air transport capacity and help the province attract investment, bring into play potential and advantages, especially in tourism; contribute to the socio-economic development and national defence and security of the country.
The Ministry of Transport will co-ordinate with the provincial People’s Committee, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance to instruct investors, propose investment and construction projects to expand Điện Biên Airport and report to the Prime Minister before September 15.
According to Decision No 2501 of the Ministry of Transport, Điện Biên Airport is expected to have a capacity of about 300,000 passengers and 500 tonnes of cargo per year by 2020.
By 2030, the airport will increase capacity to two million passengers and 10,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
The airport is expected to help develop the flight routes of Điện Biên – Nội Bài and Điện Biên - Cát Bi by 2020 and exploit two additional routes of Điện Biên - Đà Nẵng and Điện Biên - Tân Sơn Nhất by 2030.
In the future, Điện Biên Airport may become an international airport and carry guests from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. — VNS