ACV to upgrade Hue airport hinh anh 1Phu Bai airport in central Hue city (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) plans to upgrade the international terminal at Phu Bai airport in central Hue city under the build-operate-transfer model, saying it was needed to serve the increasing number of passengers.

In a document sent to the Ministry of Transport, the corporation said that the terminal was upgraded in 2013 to increase its capacity to 1.5 million of passengers per year.

In 2015, the terminal welcomed 1.3 million passengers.

The corporation estimated that the number of passengers annually would be 3.4 million by 2020 and 8.6 million by 2030.

"The upgrade and expansion of the terminal is necessary to meet the rapid growth of the aviation market and assure the service quality of the airport,” an ACV representative said.

The company said it would study the expansion of the terminal as the number of international flights was rising.

Two companies are ready to invest in the upgrade of the terminal, an ACV spokesman said.

The Phu Bai terminal has two storeys with an area of 6,540 square metres with three boarding gates, 2 luggage conveyor belts and 14 check-in desks.

In 2013, the airport was closed for eight months to upgrade the runway. Total investment capital for the construction was 600 billion VND (27 million USD) paid by the ACV.-VNA