Vietnam ponders multi-million airport upgrade

Phu Quoc welcomed roughly 600,000 tourists in 2014, up nearly 40 percent against 2013.

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Vietnam ‘s Transport Ministry is considering upgrading Phu Quoc international airport on the country’s biggest island with an investment of 1,000 billion Vietnamese dong (over 44.4 million U.S. dollars), the Aviation Corporation of Vietnam said Wednesday.

The upgrade, scheduled to be completed in June 2017, will increase the airport’s capacity of annually serving passengers to 4 million from the current 2.65 million, including 1.6 million domestic passengers and 1.05 million foreign ones, to avoid foreseeable overload and meet increasingly bigger travel demand of both local and foreign tourists, the corporation said.

The airport on Phu Quoc island, southern Kien Giang province, which served 1 million passengers in 2014, is estimated to service 1.5 million passengers in 2015 and over 2.6 million passengers in 2017.

The airport may be further upgraded around 2030 so that it can serve up to 7 million passengers a year.

Phu Quoc island, currently home to 5,000 hotel rooms, is expected to have 8,000 rooms in 2016 and 10,000 rooms in 2017, according to Kien Giang authorities.

Phu Quoc welcomed roughly 600,000 tourists in 2014, up nearly 40 percent against 2013. It is striving to become an international eco-tourism and resort center.

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