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Work starts on Dien Bien airport expansion project

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the Ministry of Transport and the government of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien today, January 22, began work on a project to expand the Dien Bien Airport, which costs over VND1.4 trillion.

The airport will be upgraded to receive larger aircraft such as Airbus A320s and A321s and the like. The current runway will be expanded from 1,830×30 meters to 2,400×45 meters, the local media reported.

In addition, the passenger terminal will be upgraded to have two floors, with the first floor serving passengers arriving at the airport and departing from the airport and the second floor for lounges, trade and auxiliary services. The terminal’s capacity will be increased from 300,000 to 500,000 passengers per year.

The investment for the airport expansion project will be sourced from ACV’s budget, while site clearance will cost nearly VND1.6 trillion, sourced from the Dien Bien province’s budget. The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said the Dien Bien airport expansion would help attract investors in the tourism and trade sectors in the province.

He asked ACV and consultants and contractors to mobilize resources to execute the project and ensure its safety, quality and progress. Dien Bien was asked to develop infrastructure facilities synchronous with the airport expansion project to facilitate enterprises and tourists.

In addition, the relevant ministries and agencies were asked to prioritize resources to develop the traffic infrastructure system in Dien Bien and the northwestern region as a whole.

Dien Bien Province has cleared the site of 149 hectares for the project for eight months, said provincial chairman Le Thanh Do.

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