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Deputy PM orders Phú Bài International Airport expansion plans

Update: May, 29/2020 - 08:30
Phú Bài International Airport in Huế City. —VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Việt

HÀ NỘI — Phú Bài International Airport in Huế City could soon be expanded.

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has assigned the Transport Ministry to conduct detailed research to look at ways to increase the airport’s capacity.

Based in the central province of Thừa Thiên Huế, the airport was built in 1940 and only has one 2.7km long runway.

Since 2015, passenger rate has grown between 12 and 18 per cent each year.

In 2019, the number of passengers using the airport reached nearly two million, 500,000 more than its designed capacity.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam is proposing to invest VNĐ1.67 trillion (US$71.5 million) to extend the runway and upgrade taxiways over the next five years.

The aviation authority said the investment does not include the fund for land clearance which would be divided into a sub-project implemented by the locality where the airport based.

The airport is located on National Highway 1A in the province's Hương Thủy Town. It plays an important role in the economic, cultural, social and defence strategy of Thừa Thiên-Huế and the northern-central region and is crucial to promoting tourism in Huế City and the entire central region. — VNS

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