Sun Group-built cable car line in Ba Na Hills Resort, central Da Nang City. (Photo: VNA)

The Sun Group held a ceremony on September 4 to commence construction on a resort complex on Hon Thom Island and a cable car line linking it with Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the ceremony and issued an order to kick off the project.

According to the Sun Group, the three-track cable car project is 8-kilometres in length, connecting An Thoi town in Phu Quoc district and Hon Thom island.

Once completed, it is expected to be the world’s longest line, even longer than the 1.5-kilometre Mt. Fansipan cable which currently holds the world record.

The cable car runs at an average speed of 8.5 metres per second and is capable of carrying 3,500 passengers per hour.

The first phase of the project costs approximately 4.9 trillion VND (218 million USD) and uses the most modern type of cable car technology imported from Austria-based producer, Doppelmayr Geraventa Group, who is renowned for building thousands of aerial ropeways worldwide, including those in the Alps (France) and Table Mountain (South Africa).

The Hon Thom complex will be built into a world-class resort with a marina, hydro plane service, marine and cuisine villages alongside an entertainment park featuring adventurous games and scuba diving.

The Sun Group will make its utmost efforts to launch the cable car project on April 30, 2017 and believes the resort complex will help improve local incomes and boost the province’s economic growth, said its General Director Dang Minh Truong.-VNA