Phu Bai International Airport in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Terminal T1 of Phu Bai International Airport in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue will be upgraded to serve 5 million passengers per year, which is to prepare for the forecast surge of passengers that this port of entry will handle in the next several years.

At a working session with provincial leaders in Hanoi on March 21, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The agreed with the province on its proposal on upgrading the airport.

The said his ministry approved the business plan for 2018 of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam. This plan includes a project on building Terminal T1 with an annual capacity of 5 million passengers, along with the apron and synchronous infrastructure of Phu Bai.

Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao said the province wants to soon upgrade and expand Phu Bai International Airport, particularly the international terminal, taxiway and apron.

Phu Bai International Airport is designed to serve 1.5 million passengers a year, but the number of passengers at this airport was already 1.75 million in 2017. The annual passenger growth rate averaged 15 percent between 2014 and 2017.

With the predicted growth of 13 – 17 percent each year from 2016 to 2020, the number of passengers will reach 3 – 3.5 million by 2020 and 6.5 – 7 million by 2025 every year, the official added.-VNA