From now till 2020, Van Don International Airport will house a level-4E airport and a level-II military airport, and a 3.6km long runway. (Source: Internet)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The Ministry of Transport has announced its decision adjusting the planning scheme of Van Don International Airport by 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

Under Decision No. 497/QD-BGTVT dated March 15, 2018, Van Don in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh will be an international airport, serving both civil and military flights.

From now till 2020, it will house a level-4E airport and a level-II military airport, and a 3.6km long runway.

With an annual capacity of 2-2.5 million passengers by 2020, which is expected to hit 5 million by 2030, Van Don International Airport is designed to receive Boeing 777/787/747-400, Airbus A350 and similar aircraft.

Set to cover more than 326ha as planned by 2020, the airport comprises support facilities, a two-module terminal and functional areas. A cargo terminal is expected to be built by 2030 with a capacity of at least 51,000 tonnes.

Invested by SunGroup, the project began 2015 with combined capital of about 7.5 trillion VND (330 million USD). This is also the first airport constructed by capital mobilised by a locality.     

The airport is scheduled to be put into service in the second quarter of this year.

In 2017, Quang Ninh accommodated 9.87 million tourist arrivals, including 4.28 million foreigners, up 18 percent and 23 percent year on year, respectively.

The locality, which hosts the National Tourism Year 2018, hopes to welcome 12 million visitors this year, including five million foreigners, and earn 22 trillion VND (968 million USD).-VNA