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In 2030, Vietnam is set to have 33 airports

The investment is estimated at VNĐ420 trillion (US$18 billion), mobilized from the State budget, non-budget capital, and other legal capital sources.

Noi Bai International Airport

Photo: Bao dau tu

This information was released after Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha on Wednesday signed Decision No 648/QĐ-TTg on the national airport system planning.

The 14 international airports are Van Đon, Hai Phong, Noi Bai, Tho Xuan, Vinh, Phu Bai, Đa Nang, Chu Lai, Cam Ranh, Lien Khuong, Long Thanh, Tan Son Nhat, Can Tho and Phu Quoc.

The 19 airports serving only domestic flights are Lai Chau, Đien Bien, Sa Pa, Cao Bang, Na San, Cat Bi, Đong Hoi, Quang Tri, Phu Cat, Tuy Hoa, Pleiku, Buon Ma Thuot, Phan Thiet, Rach Gia, Ca Mau, Con Đao, Bien Haa, Thanh Son and the second airport in the south of Ha Noi.

Under the decision, the country would develop the airport system in a synchronous and modern direction, to meet the demand for transportation and extensive international integration; protect the environment; save resources; ensure national defense and security; improve the economy’s competitiveness, contributing to turning Vietnam into a developing country with modern industry and high middle income by 2030.

Under the newly approved planning, the total number of passengers through airports would be about 275.9 million by 2030 (accounting for 1.5-2 percent market share of traffic transport and 3-4 percent of total intercity passenger transport volume).

The total volume of cargo through airports is expected to be about 4.1 million tonnes (accounting for 0.05-0.1 percent market share in transportation).

In terms of infrastructure, the master plan prioritizes investment in several large airports, which play a key role in the Ha Noi (Noi Bai International Airport) and HCM City (Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh International Airport). The country would gradually upgrade and effectively exploit existing airports, and continue to research and invest in new airports to increase the total designed capacity of the airport system to meet about 294.5 million passengers. It is striving to ensure over 95 percent of the population can access airports within 100 kilometers.

The infrastructure and flight management equipment would be invested in to meet transportation needs. The country would invest in logistics centers, training centers, flight training, aircraft maintenance, and repair systems to ensure flight operations.

In addition, logistics centers will be arranged at airports with transport volumes of more than 250,000 tonnes a year. Logistics centers ensure conditions and connect appropriate types of traffic to transport goods at airports, including Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Van Đon, Cat Bi, Đa Nang, Chu Lai, Long Thanh, Can Tho, and some other airports. The master plan targets establishing an international transshipment logistics center at Chu Lai Airport.

This is the latest national planning in the transport sector approved by the Government. Earlier, four national plans in the sector prepared by the Ministry of Transport were approved, including roads, railways, seaports, and inland waterways.



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