New Airport Developments in Vietnam

Feb 2021

As the world’s seventh fastest-growing aviation market, Vietnam has formulated a master plan for the development of its system of airports and aerodromes for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision toward 2050. It is expected that by 2050 Vietnam will have 30 airports: 15 international and 15 domestic ones.

The priority to 2030 will be on the first phase of Long Thanh International Airport, serving Ho Chi Minh City, and Terminal 3 at the city’s existing Tan Son Nhat International Airport. In addition, the following projects are being discussed:

  • The Ninh Binh People’s Committee has proposed to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to build a new airport in the Ninh Binh province. The potential location for the airport is the Kim Son or Yen Khanh District. The airport will mainly serve the province’s tourism industry, as the province targets to have 8-9 million tourists by 2025.
  • The mountainous province of Ha Giang has proposed a level II military cum level 4C civilian airport located in Bac Quang district. The airport would cover an area of about 388 hectares, with 70 hectares for military purposes.
  • The northern province of Son La has also proposed that its Na San airport be upgraded for dual-use – civil and military. The upgraded project is estimated to require a total investment of close to USD 100 million.

There are longer-term plans to build four new airports over the 2030-2050 period, including a second in Hanoi and three others in Lai Chau city in Lai Chau province, Na San in Son La province, and Cao Bang city in Cao Bang province, all of which are in Vietnam’s north.

(Sources: SGGP Online; Vietnam Investment Review)

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