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Phu Quoc International Airport breaks ground   2008-11-24 - Thanh Nien

 
 
   
Construction of an international airport was started Sunday on Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang Province.

 

 

The VND12,000-billion (US$704- million) Phu Quoc International Airport is located in Duong To Commune, more than 10 kilometers away from the current Phu Quoc Airport.

Phu Quoc International Airport is expected to serve about 2.65 million passengers and handle 8,600 tons of international goods and 5,700 tons of domestic goods annually by 2020.

When it becomes fully operational in 2030, the airport will be able to serve 7 million passengers and handle 27,600 tons of goods every year. It is expected to receive as much as 20 planes at peak hours.

The existing Phu Quoc Airport can only receive 248,000 passengers per year.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Phu Quoc International Airport will expedite the development of Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province, the southern region and the whole country.

The project seeks to improve traffic infrastructure in the locality, enabling it to become a center for tourism and services and connect with other regions in Vietnam as well as other foreign countries for trade activities, Dung said.

Vietnam currently has three international airports based in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City, along with 13 domestic airports.



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