The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has started work on upgrading Pleiku Airport in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai at a ceremony on September 28.

As announced, the airport’s runway, taxiway and parking space and other facilities will be upgraded and expanded to the west.

Notably, the runway will be expanded from 36m to 45m in width and from 1,830m to 2,400m in length so that the airport can handle A321, Boeing 737 and equivalent aircraft.

The construction project has an investment of 945 billion VND (44.5 million USD), co-funded by the State budget, the ACV and Gia Lai’s provincial budget. The project is due to be finished in 2015.

The upgraded airport would contribute greatly to the province’s development in terms of socio-economic growth and security, Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security, also Head of the Central Steering Committee for Central Highlands region said at the construction start ceremony.-VNA