The Airport Corporation of Vietnam has announced plans to close the historic town of Hue's Phu Bai International Airport in Thua Thien Hue Province in March next year for runway reparation.
According to the plan, the airport will close for between six and eight months, at which time passengers can use Da Nang International Airport in the nearby Da Nang City, which is located 90 kilometers away.
The Thua Thien Hue People's Committee has instructed the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to inform tourism companies of the plan.
The provincial Department of Transportation will have to make a plan to carry passengers between Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue.
In mid-2011, Phu Bai airport has closed for one month for repairs without early notice, affecting tourism business in the province. During this time, tourism companies spent about VND 25 billion to transport passengers between Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue.
Phu Bai airport serves around 3,000 passengers a day.
On July 24, the airport was closed for ten hours after a gaur from a nearby forest ran amok on the runway before being shot down with an anesthetic. It is said that the bovine died due to an overdose but relevant authorities denied the accusations and blamed its poor health condition.
Hue is home to more than 100 architectural works reflecting the life of Emperors and mandarins under Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).
Thanks to its historic vestiges, in December 1993, Hue was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.