|The Phan Thiết Airport is expected to open by 2020. Photo from baogiaothong.vn|Viet Nam News
BÌNH THUẬN — The government has urged the Ministry of National Defence and other agencies to approve the adjustment plan for the combined civilian and military Phan Thiết Airport in Bình Thuận Province.
The airport will be upgraded from 4C to 4E standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation as part of the country’s airport planning, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV).
The upgrade will make the airport meet the requirements of flights using code E aircraft between Phan Thiết and Nội Bài in Hà Nội,Vân Đồn in Quảng Ninh Province and Cát Bi in Hải Phòng City.
The airport uprgrade will allow flights of high-end military aircraft.
The airport’s runway will be lengthened from 2,400 metres to 3,050 metres, and airplane parking lots will be expanded to contain two code E and four code C aircraft.
The size of the terminal will increase from 5,000 square metres to 19,200 square metres, serving 2 million passengers a year instead of 500,000 as previously planned.
The investment capital for the project will total VNĐ10.2 trillion (US$456 million) from now to 2020, and VNĐ332 billion ($14.75 million) from 2020 to 2030.
Rạng Đông JSC is the contractor for the civilian component of the plan, which is under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) mode, according to CAAV.
The military component will be built under the BT (build-transfer) mode by the Ministry of National Defence.
Construction on Phan Thiết Airport began in 2015. It is expected to open by 2020. — VNS