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No new airports added in draft master plan on airport network development

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has just submitted to the Ministry of Transport the airport network development draft master plan in the period of 2021 -2030 with a vision towards 2050 without new airport projects proposed by Bac Giang, Ha Giang, Ninh Binh, Ha Tinh, Tra Vinh, Ninh Thuan and Binh Phuoc provinces. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said that the draft master plan on airport network development has been built and received opinions from ministries, agencies, localities, associations, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group and Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee.

Compared with the previous plan, the number of airports up to 2030 remains 28 ones; the planning scale is adjusted, ensuring a maximum approach distance of 100 kilometers and 200 kilometers far from the runways in plain and mountainous areas respectively. Up to 2030, the whole country will have 14 international airports, including Noi Bai, Long Thanh, Tan Son Nhat, Van Don, Cat Bi, Tho Xuan, Vinh, Phu Bai, Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Chu Lai, Can Tho, Phu Quoc, Lien Khuong and 14 domestic ones consisting of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Sa Pa, Na San, Quang Tri, Pleiku, Phu Cat, Tuy Hoa, Buon Ma Thuot, Phan Thiet, Dong Hoi, Rach Gia, Ca Mau and Con Dao.

In the next ten years, CAAV suggested prioritizing construction investment and upgrade of large-scale international airports like Noi Bai and Long Thanh international airports playing a vital role in connecting the capital city of Hanoi and HCMC.
Up to 2050, Cao Bang airport is the only new one to be listed on the plan.

By Bich Quyen – Translated by Huyen Huong

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