Transport Ministry Urges to Upgrade Dong Hoi Airport by End- 2018

Transport Ministry Urges to Upgrade Dong Hoi Airport by End- 2018

Thứ Năm, 03/05/2018, 08:26

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The chairing the meeting

 

VnEconomy - On May 02, the Ministry of Transport held a working session with the leaders of Quang Binh province, FLC Group, and other relevant departments to discuss the proposal on upgrading Dong Hoi airport and the process of licensing Bamboo Airways.

 

Present at the meeting, which is chaired by Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, are leaders of the Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Quang Binh province, Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and FLC Group.

 

Reporting to the Minister of Transport, Chairman of Quang Binh Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Huu Hoai claimed that upgrading Dong Hoi airport is considered an urgent task. In fact,  the design capacity of this airport is 500,000 passengers per year, while the actual transport volume is reaching 470,000 passengers, and this volume tends to increase significantly after several large-scale tourism projects are put into operation in Quang Binh.

 

According to Decision No. 236/QĐ-TTg on air transport planning, Dong Hoi Airport is capable of receiving 3 million passengers by 2030; meanwhile, the number of tourists to Quang Binh province is predicted to surpass over 5 million per year.

 

In April 2018, FLC Group made a proposal to relevant departments seeking to invest and upgrade Dong Hoi airport after the Government had requested the Ministry of Transport to re-consider the planning.

 

In addition, FLC Group is waiting for the Government approval on Bamboo Airways establishment. Before receiving 24 A321NEO from Airbus, it will lease aircraft for operation later this year.

 

Sharing the same viewpoint with Quang Binh provincial leader, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho affirmed that Quang Binh province has great tourism potential thanks to a lot of natural landscapes and unique culture. However, infrastructure limitations, especially aviation infrastructure, have hindered the local tourism development over the recent years.

 

“It is necessary to make thorough investments in Dong Hoi airport” - Mr. Le Dinh Tho said.

 

The ministry leader affirmed that while public investment is prioritized to the country’s key airports such as Tan Son Nhat, Long Thanh, etc., private investment in aviation infrastructure should be promoted.

 

Closing the meeting, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The reaffirmed support to FLC Group in the establishment of Bamboo Airways, which is expected to help increase the capacity of the domestic aviation network, offer a variety of services to local people and avoid losing market share to foreign carriers.

 

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The concluding the meeting

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The concluding the meeting

 

“It is a waste of capital and resources if FLC Group has to arrange temporary parking for rented aircraft before getting a license for Bamboo Airways. The Ministry of Transport will create the most favorable conditions for FLC Group to complete legal procedures for a license for the first flights of Bamboo Airways within 2018,” - Mr. Nguyen Van The said, asking Deputy Minister Le Dinh Tho to follow up and solve the problems for the establishment of the airline as soon as possible.

 

With the motto “Don’t work slowly and sporadically”, the Minister emphasized that upgrading Dong Hoi airport must be prioritized by Quang Binh province.

 

“In term of scale, the designed capacity to receive 3 million passengers by 2030 needs to be revised to satisfy the increasing market demand, given the local tourism growth prospects in the next five years and for the long run in the next 20-30 years,” the Minister indicated.

 

The Minister assigned ACV to complete necessary documents for this project within 6 months in order to commence later this year.

 

“Without any timely action, the airport will be overloaded in just one year. We must start now, step by step, from the terminal, parking to run away. Nothing will be done without necessary action,” – he requested.

 

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