|A view of Phú Bài Airport in Thừa Thiên-Huế Province. Photo vtv.vn|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — The Aviation Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) and local authorities in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế have agreed to invest US$95 million for the expansion and upgrade of Phú Bài Airport.
The two parties agreed in a meeting on Tuesday that the investment would support a construction project of a new terminal and expanding the aircraft’s parking space.
The new terminal, the airport’s second, will be constructed on a total area of 16,500sq.m. It will have two levels to facilitate arrivals and departures. The terminal will include a parking lot and a green park.
The expanded aircraft parking yard will accommodate eight planes at the same time.
ACV will put forward the total cost of VNĐ2.2 trillion ($94 million) while local authorities will provide clear land for construction.
ACV official Lê Xuân Tùng said the process of terminal design and contractor selection is ongoing for work to commence by the second quarter of 2019.
According to Phan Ngọc Thọ, the provincial People’s Committee chairman, site clearance begins next month and clear land will be ready for the work in the first quarter of next year.
Construction work is expected to last 18 months.
Once completed, the expanded Phú Bài Airport will accommodate five million passengers a year, one fourth of which foreign visitors.
The airport is the only airline gateway for locals and visitors from Huế to reach Hà Nội, HCM City and Đà Lạt on daily flights operated by the national carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget carriers Jetstar Pacific and VietJetAir. — VNS