Thua Thien-Hue province to expand Phu Bai airport hinh anh 1Phu Bai International Airport (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue plans to expand Phu Bai International Airport in a bid to welcome 3-3.5 million passengers in 2020 and up to 7 million per year in 2025.

The province will expand the airport’s terminal, taxiway, runway and apron at a total investment of 5.56 trillion VND (245 million USD).

The Phu Bai International Airport is located on National Highway 1A in Huong Thuy town.

The airport has an important role in the economic, cultural, social and defence strategy of Thua Thien-Hue and the northern central region. The airport is significant in promoting tourism for Hue city and the whole central region.

In 2018, the airport and the People’s Committee of Huong Thuy town have coordinated in marking planting landmarks around the airport, while reviewing the land area for the airport’s expansion.

Initially, the airport will be extended to Phu Bai, Thuy Tan and Thuy Phu communes of Huong Thuy town.

The area needing cleared for the project is 153.17 hectares, including 24.22 hectares in Phu Bai, 20.79 hectares in Thuy Phu and 108.16 hectares in Thuy Tan. A total of 296 households should be removed to other resettlement areas.

Currently, the Phu Bai International Airport is able to welcome 1.5 million passengers per year and is often overloaded.

In 2017, the airport served 1.75 million passengers, with growth of 15 percent per year in the number of passengers.-VNA