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Van Don airport ready in Q2 next year

HCMC – Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province will be put into operation in the second quarter of next year, not the first quarter as earlier planned, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper quoted a statement of Sun Group, the investor of the project.

This is the first airport in Vietnam developed by a private firm in the build-operate-transfer (BOT) format. The cost of the project is VND7.5 trillion (US$330.19 million).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has proposed the Ministry of Transport establish a representative office of the Northern Airports Authority at the airport. The office will be responsible for managing aviation services and ensuring law compliance at the airport.

In April, Sun Group set up Van Don Investment and Development JSC to operate the airport.

However, flight operation and aviation service prices will be managed by State agencies. Sun Group will develop infrastructure meeting the standards of Vietnam and the International Civil Aviation Organization, and then transfer it to the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation for management, operation and maintenance as told by the Ministry of Transport.

Aviation service fees at Van Don International Airport will be set based on approved financial solutions and regulations on BOT projects, ensuring capital recovery and service quality.

According to a feasibility report for the project, international flights between the airport and Northeast Asia, especially China, South Korea and Taiwan, will be promoted until 2020. Tourists from these markets now make up 60% of foreign visitors to Quang Ninh Province.

In the first year of operation, the airport is expected to handle 500,000 passengers.

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