Work starts on $37.8 mln airport terminal in central Vietnam

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The state-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam Friday launched construction of a new VND800 billion (US$37.82 million) terminal at an airport in the central province of Nghe An.

A report on the Thoi bao kinh te Saigon (Saigon Times) website said work on the terminal in Vinh Airport was slated for completion by September 2 next year.

It will cover an area of 11,706 square meters and be equipped with advanced systems to serve more domestic and international flights in the future, the report said.

It quoted Nguyen Nguyen Hung, chairman of the corporation, as saying that the new terminal aimed to meet the increasing demand for travelling in the northern central region estimated to rise at150 percent a year.

He said the airport currently operates 20 flights per day between Vinh Town and Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang and the central highlands resort town of Buon Ma Thuot.

Its current terminal would be overloaded when it receives three A320 airplanes at the same time, or 600-800 passengers an hour during peak time, he added.

The corporation plans to improve the airport's capacity so that it is able to serve two million passengers per year by 2025, or some 1,000 passengers per hour during peak time.

International flights from Vinh to medium-distance destinations like Bangkok in Thailand, Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Hainan in China are expected to be launched in the near future, the report said.

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