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Second phase of aircraft apron expansion project begins at Da Nang airport

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 16:14 GMT+7
Second phase of aircraft apron expansion project begins at Da Nang airport
An aircraft of national carrier Vietnam Airlines is pictured at Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City. Photo: V.Hung / Tuoi Tre

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) on Monday commenced the second phase of a project on expanding an aircraft apron at Da Nang International Airport in the namesake central city.

The airport apron will be expanded to the north at a cost of VND420 billion (US$18.1 million), with construction expected to take 11 months.

The project is necessary to meet growing demand at the airport and contribute to promoting socio-economic, tourism, and investment development in Da Nang and localities in the central and Central Highlands regions, said Lai Xuan Thanh, chairman of ACV’s management board.

According the plan, four new aircraft parking spaces will be built, raising the total number of the slots at the airport to 35.

The project will also adjust the position of five existing parking locations.

A ceremony marking the initiation of the second phase of the apron expansion project at Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City, Vietnam, October 19, 2020. Photo: V.Hung / Tuoi Tre

A ceremony marking the initiation of the second phase of the apron expansion project at Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City, Vietnam, October 19, 2020. Photo: V.Hung / Tuoi Tre

Following the recommendations of the Ministry of National Defense and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on the environmental remediation of dioxin contamination at the airport, the project will also include the reuse of 44,000 cubic meters of soil that has undergone dioxin detoxification and 11,000 cubic meters of porous concrete.

Da Nang International Airport catered to more than 98,700 flights with over 15.5 million passengers and more than 45,000 metric tons of cargo in 2019.

It is expected to meet the '4E' standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and be able to welcome aircraft such as the Boeing B747, B777, and B787, and Airbus A320, A321, and A350.

By 2030, the airdrome is anticipated to serve up to 28 million passengers and 200,000 metric tons of cargo each year.

The ACV is currently managing, investing in, and operating 22 airports nationwide, including nine international airports.

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