Real estate conglomerate Sun Group has sought the Ministry of Transport's permission to build an airport in the northern highlands province of Lao Cai, home to the famous Sa Pa town, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Thursday.
If approved, it would be the second airport Sun develops after one near Ha Long Bay, the company’s vice chairman Tran Minh Son was quoted as saying.
The transport ministry has planned for a 261-hectare airport in Lao Cai’s Bao Yen District, according to the newspaper.
To cost an estimated VND1.3 trillion (US$57.46 million), it will have one runway and space to park two Airbus A320s or other similar aircraft, and handle 560,000 passengers and 600 tons of goods a year when opened in 2020.
It will later be expanded to handle more than 1.5 million passengers a year.