Cat Bi airport in the northern port city of Hai Phong is being upgraded to become a modern airport.

The airport is set to meet 4G standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the first level for a military airport.

It is expected to have a parking place of 11 planes and a capacity of receiving A321 and B767 aircrafts and handling 800 passengers per hour and 17,000 tonnes of cargo annually by 2015.

In the first half of this year, a total of 2,279 flights carrying over 300,000 passengers and more than 2,600 tonnes of cargo went through the airport.

The number of visitors to Cat Bi has especially jumped since the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, resumed the Hai Phong-Da Nang air route at the end of last April after nearly ten years of hiatus.

As of June 4, Vietnam Airlines launched two more flights on every Tuesday and Saturday, raising the total number of flights on the route to seven per week.

Flights depart from Hai Phong at 20:45 pm and from Da Nang at 18:30 pm, each lasts about one hour and 35 minutes./.