The northern mountainous province of Son La and the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) have announced an upgrade plan for Na San airport which had experiences several closures since it was built in 1950.

According to a preliminary draft project through 2020, the commercial terminal will be built across 6,750 square meters with a capacity of 450 passengers during its peak hours, or 900,000 passengers a year.

By 2030, the terminal will be expanded an additional 9,000 square meters with a capacity of 600 passengers during peak hour, or 1.5 million passengers a year.
The MoT is also scheduled to build runways, loading areas, administrative areas, flight control decks and roads across a total of 498 hectares by 2030.

In addition to meeting civilian demand, the airport will also play a critical role in military affairs by controlling the northwest airspace.

The airport was built in 1950 by the French, 300 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. During the resistance war against French colonialists, the airport was used as an entrenched fortification of the French army.

In the 1960s, the airport was renovated to serve travel demand in the northwest region but was closed thereafter. It was re-opened for a decade, since 1994 before remaining idle until these current construction initiatives.-VNA