Phu Quoc airport’s passenger throughput exceeds capacity hinh anh 1Phu Quoc international airport (Source: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA)
– Three million passengers arrived at Phu Quoc international airport in 2017, surpassing its designed throughput capacity of 2.6 million people.

During the busiest time of the year, the airport served approximately 12,000 passengers a day, with international airlines such as Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways and China Southern Airlines operating.

The number of passengers using the airport is forecast to hit 5 million in the next two or three years. It is planning to begin the second phase of construction, with total investment of 3 trillion VND (132 million USD), to keep up with increasing demand.

Vice Chairman of the Phu Quoc People’s Committee said in the past five years, the airport has contributed significantly to local socio-economic development, particularly tourism and investment attraction.

Phu Quoc island, the nation’s biggest island with an area of nearly 600 square kilometres, is endowed with favourable natural conditions for developing ecotourism such as beautiful beaches with white and golden sand, crystal-clear and blue water, pristine forests and a mild climate.

It sits in a favourable location to connect with key tourism markets in the region and the world.

In 2017, Phu Quoc welcomed 2 million tourists, up 35 percent from 2016. Of the total, over 361,450 were foreigners, an annual increase of 72 percent.-VNA