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CAAV proposes upgrading Con Dao airport

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed upgrading the Con Dao airport on Con Dao Island off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in early 2023 with a total investment of over VND3.2 trillion.

The national aviation authority put forward the proposal at a working session with the provincial government yesterday, February 17.

Under the upgrade plan, the length of the airport’s runway will remain unchanged at 1,830 meters, while the runway’s width will be increased from 30 to 45 meters. Also, four new taxiways will be built, reported Vnexpress.

Also, the airport’s apron will be widened from four to eight parking lots. Additionally, its internal traffic system, fuel storage facilities, passenger terminal and auxiliary works will be upgraded to ensure the airport can operate 24 hours per day.

After being upgraded, the airport will become a mix-use airport, as it will serve both civil and military purposes. In addition, it will be able to handle two million passengers and 4,400 tons of goods per year, and be capable of receiving Airbus A320, A321 aircraft or the equivalent planes.

CAAV proposed that the provincial government offer support, in terms of site clearance, compensation and resettlement, among others.

The Con Dao airport is offering services on those routes linking the island with HCMC, Hanoi and Can Tho, with 20 to 22 daily flights.

The airport currently serves 400,000 passenger arrivals per year.

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