At an international terminal at Cam Ranh airport (Source: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA)
– Cam Ranh International Terminal JSC started construction on an international terminal at Cam Ranh International Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa on September 8.

The project aims to meet recent robust increases in foreign tourists through the airport as well as to prepare for the development of the facility by 2030.

The two-storey work, worth 4 trillion VND (180 million USD), will cover an area of 50,000 square metres and will be carried out in three stages.

The first stage is planned to be completed by 2018, enabling the terminal to greet 2.5 million passengers annually. The number of passengers is expected to hit 4 million in the second phase and 8 million at the end of the third phase in 2030.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat said the project will help ease the current overload facing the airport.

He also asked contractors to ensure safety, environmental hygiene, order and security in the area during the construction period.

In March, 2015, Khanh Hoa pumped over 1.9 trillion VND (85.5 million USD) into building the second taxiway at Cam Ranh airport, which is scheduled to be put into use in early 2018.

Cam Ranh airport was built by the US troops to serve its military missions during wartime and was converted into a civil airport in 2004. It was upgraded to an international airport in 2009.

The airport received 3.3 million passengers in the first eight months of this year, including 1.5 million foreigners, while its designed annual capacity is 1.5 million passengers.

In 2015, the airport welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers, exceeding its design capacity by 80 percent. The number of foreign passengers was nearly 900,000.-VNA