A new airport will be put into operation in the northern province of Quang Ninh later this month, meant to connect air traffic between the southern and the northeastern regions of Vietnam, boosting bilateral trade and tourism.
Van Don International Airport – the newest airport in Vietnam – will receive its first commercial flight to Quang Ninh, which is home to the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, on December 30.
It was built on an 325-hectare area in Quang Ninh Province’s Van Don District, some 60 kilometers to the northeast of the province’s famed tourist Ha Long City, by Vietnamese conglomerate Sun Group in March 2016 at a cost of VND7.7 trillion (US$331 million).
The airport has a 45-meter-wide runway that stretches 3.6 kilometers to accommodate large cargo and passenger aircraft.
According to plans, Van Don International Airport will welcome about 7,000 visitors per day on nine routes.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate the first flight at the airport with an Airbus A321 airplane, connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ninh.
The flight will also be operated on a daily basis with departure from the southern metropolis at 2:00 pm and the return trip leaving Quang Ninh at 4:45 pm. The estimated flight time is two hours and five minutes.
Together with the Ha Long - Van Don Expressway that is scheduled to open to traffic on December 25, the Van Don International Airport is expected to enhance economic development in Quang Ninh and neighboring provinces.