Viet Nam News
PHÚ QUỐC ISLAND — The number of passengers arriving at Phú Quốc International Airport in the past year has passed the three million mark, exceeding design capacity by 400,000.
Phú Quốc, known as Pearl Island in the southern province of Kiên Giang, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Việt Nam. Within two or three years, the number of passengers is expected to hit more than five million a year.
And it is likely to jump even further when Phú Quốc becomes an administrative and economic hub, the vietnamplus newspaper reported this week.
Since 2012, the airport has been in the first phase of operation. It has a design capacity of 2.6 million passengers a year. Currently, nearly 80 flights take-off or land a day. During the busiest time of the year, the airport served approximately 12,000 passengers a day.
Flights from major international airlines such as Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways and China Southern Airlines now fly to Phú Quốc Airport, many directly.
The second phase of construction is now being organised with total investment of VNĐ3 trillion (US$132 million) to meet the increase.
Vice Chairman of Phú Quốc District’s People’s Committee Huỳnh Quang Hưng said that in the past five years, the airport had played an important role in the local tourist and investment economy.
Phú Quốc, the nation’s biggest island, has an area of nearly 600 square kilometres.
It is endowed with beautiful beaches with white and golden sand, crystal-clear water, pristine forests and a mild climate. It sits in a good location to connect with key tourism markets in the region and the world. — VNS