Thailand’s top energy firm Public Company Limited (PTT) has asked the central province of Binh Dinh to partner in upgrading the local Phu Cat Airport into an international hub.
Tran Chau, head of the provincial transportation department, told news website VnExpress last week that PTT has expressed interest in partnering with the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV).
According to Vietnam’s aviation development plan for 2020, the nation's sole airport manager ACV will spend more than VND600 billion (US$28,000) doubling the passenger terminal's capacity to 600 people an hour.
The project also includes the installation of a rain and sewage discharge system, a lighting system for the parking areas and the runways and eight kilometers of security fencing.
Figures from the airport managers showed that Phu Cat has served more than 500,000 passengers on domestic and international flights this year--up 34 percent from last year.
They aimed for around thee million customers in 2020.
Phu Cat, which serves both civil and military purposes, was one of three dioxin hotspots identified in Vietnam along with the Da Nang and Bien Hoa Airports.
All three served as US airbases during the Vietnam War.
But Phu Cat was declared clean in August 2012 after various clearance efforts by Vietnam and the US.
The state-controlled PTT also has plans for a $20 billion refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam.