Ba Ria – Vung Tau plans to build a new airport on Go Gang Island, relocating the current one in downtown Vung Tau, to boost local tourism. The island is located about 90 km from Ho Chi Minh City and is an upcoming tourist destination.
The new airport is being built because the current one is unable to meet the increasing travel demands or promote local tourism according to the provincial government authorities. The current Vung Tau Airport, covering 172 hectares, is mainly used for helicopters serving logistics and oil and gas services.
The total investment for the new 248.5 ha airport, estimated at USD 1 billion, will be sourced from selling old airport land or raised under the public-private partnership model. Timeline for the construction has not been revealed. The new airport will have a designed capacity for handling 100,000 passengers and 500 tons of goods every year.
(Sources: VietnamNews; Vietnam Investment Review)