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Dien Bien airport expansion approved

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Dien Bien airport in the northern upland province of the same name will be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft and serve 500,000 passengers per year, up from the current 300,000 passengers per year.

The Transport Ministry recently approved the adjusted zoning plan of the airport in the 2021-2030 period. According to the plan, by 2025, a 15-meter-wide taxiway would be built at the airport to connect the runway with the apron, reported the local media.

The apron would also be expanded to make room for larger aircraft such as Airbus A320s, A321s or equivalents. Besides, the passenger terminal would be upgraded to increase its annual capacity from 300,000 to 500,000 passengers.

In March this year, the prime minister had approved the Dien Dien airport expansion project to accommodate jetliners such as Airbus A320s, A321s and equivalents, instead of smaller ones such as ATR 72s or Embraer 190s.

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam, under the Transport Ministry, has been tasked with implementing the VND1.5-trillion expansion project in 34 months from the date of the expansion project being approved.

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