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Work on Dien Bien Phu Airport expansion project likely to start next year
By Le Anh
Wednesday,  Aug 14, 2019,09:43 (GMT+7)

Work on Dien Bien Phu Airport expansion project likely to start next year

By Le Anh

A view of Dien Bien Phu Airport. Work on the airport expansion project is likely to start late next year - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has secured capital to start work on the Dien Bien Phu Airport expansion project in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien at the end of next year, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The Department of Planning and Investment under the ministry reported that the current Dien Bien Phu Airport has only one runway which was put into operation in 1994; an apron providing parking space for three aircraft; and a passenger terminal, which was built in 2004 and has an annual capacity of 300,000 passengers.

Due to the short runway, the airport can only receive small aircraft, such as the ATR72.

At a meeting with ACV, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The asked the company to draw up a detailed action plan to execute the project and complete its feasibility report in the first quarter of next year.

Earlier, air carrier Vietjet had sought approval from the Dien Bien provincial government and the Ministry of Transport to invest in a project to expand Dien Bien Phu Airport.

In particular, the carrier proposed constructing a 16,000-square-meter passenger terminal with an annual capacity of two million passengers, a runway 2.4 kilometers long and 45 meters wide and a 21,000-square-meter apron that can accommodate A320 and B737 aircraft.

The total investment amounts to more than VND4.4 trillion. Of this, the terminal construction will require more than VND682 billion, the runway and the apron will need VND806 billion, and some VND1.1 trillion has been set aside for site clearance.

Vietjet proposed sourcing over VND2.6 trillion from the State budget and contributing nearly VND1.86 trillion of its own equity. However, its proposal has yet to be approved.

According to the Ministry of Transport’s Decision 2501/2017 approving the revised plan for Dien Bien Phu Airport, the airport will serve both civil and military purposes. By 2020, the airport is expected to have an annual capacity of 300,000 passengers and 500 tons of cargo and an apron that can accommodate three A320 and A321 aircraft.

By 2030, the capacity will be increased to two million passengers and 10,000 tons of cargo, and the apron can provide parking for six aircraft.

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