$23.425 million project in Binh Dinh expected to be completed before Lunar New Year 2016.
Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) will invest about VND500 billion ($23.425 million) in building a new passenger terminal and expanding aircraft parking at Phu Cat Airport, which serves Quy Nhon city in south-central Binh Dinh province. A breaking ground ceremony will be held on January 17.
The annual capacity of the passenger terminal will increase from 1.5 million to 2.4 million passengers. It will have two floors with a design concept based on "Dan Nam Giao" - a shrine where the emperors used to held ceremonies during the spring in central Thua Thien Hue province. The first floor is square-shaped, which symbolizes the earth, while the second floor is round-shaped, symbolizing the sky.
In the center of the terminal is an atrium, to allow in light and fresh air. Grass and trees will be planted on the balcony of the first floor, which will help moderate the atmosphere and temperature inside the terminal while at the same time creating a scenic green space.
Aircraft parking will accommodate seven A321-200s or similarly-sized aircraft after the expansion. The lighting system and the signaling system will be improved, enabling Phu Cat to offer night-time flights in the future.
The expansion to aircraft parking will be synchronized with the existing runway system, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
According to ACV figures, passenger volumes at Phu Cat Airport grew by an average of 27 per cent annually from 2010 to 2013. In 2014 it increased by 47 per cent compared to 2013, reaching more than 427,000 passengers. Freight stood at 1,340 tons, for a 59 per cent increase. There were 3,000 commercial flights conducted, 20 per cent more than in 2013.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates Quy Nhon - Hanoi flights (one per day) and Quy Nhon - Ho Chi Minh City flights (two per day). Vietjet Air conducts Quy Nhon - Ho Chi Minh City flights (one per day), while Jetstar Pacific will begin Quy Nhon - Ho Chi Minh City flights (one per day) in February.
Phu Cat Airport plays an important role in the socio-economic development of Binh Dinh province. The completion of the project will greatly contribute to investment attraction efforts and tourism development in the province and in provinces located in the central coastal region and in the central highlands.
At the end of 2014, the PTT Public Company Limited (PTT) from Thailand expressed an interest in investing and upgrading Phu Cat Airport to make it of international standard so that flights between Phu Cat and Thailand could become possible.