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Quang Binh calls for investment to expand airport

By Lan Nhi

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QUANG BINH – The central province of Quang Binh plans to call for the private sector to build passenger terminal T2 at the Dong Hoi Airport.

The Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is responsible for the investment and operation of airports nationwide, but it cannot allocate capital for Quang Binh to build the terminal.

Tran Thang, chairman of the Quang Binh People’s Committee, proposed the Dong Hoi Airport’s passenger terminal T2 project to the prime minister. The airport has a designed capacity of 500,000 passengers per year.

In 2018, the airport was added to the master plan by the Ministry of Transport, so a passenger terminal with an annual capacity of three million passengers and synchronous infrastructure would be developed in the 2019-2021 period.

In 2021, ACV proposed investment for the terminal that got support from the relevant authorities.

After that, ACV wrote to the Prime Minister pledging to allocate investment capital for the terminal. If it is not able to kick off the project in 2022, the Ministry of Transport would be assigned to cooperate with the province to invest in the project.

On April 25, ACV informed Quang Binh Province that the corporation could not proceed with the capital allocation, so the terminal T2 project could only be implemented after 2025. Thus, it proposed the Ministry of Transport consider an alternative investment format for the project.

Meanwhile, according to Quang Binh, it is necessary to invest in expanding the airport soon. Thus, the province asked the Prime Minister to allow it to invest in the project by mobilizing private capital. The Ministry of Transport would be in charge of the project.

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