Transport Minister calls for project to be approved, which will cater to APEC 2017 summit and growing number of arrivals.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang met authorities in Da Nang city on August 12 to discuss the new $145 million terminal at Danang International Airport, which is being built as part of preparations for the APEC 2017 summit.
He stressed that this is a very important project for Da Nang, as the city is hosting APEC 2017. The number of visitors to the city has skyrocketed in the last few years, with more than 6.5 million expected this year, against previous plans for 6 million visitors by 2016.
The airport is therefore very much in need of an expansion to address overcrowding.
Under the initial plan, construction of the new terminal was to break ground in December and be completed by September 2017, with total investment of VND3.2 trillion ($145 million). In order to serve the needs of the APEC summit, however, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Minister Thang agreed that the initial plan needs to be changed.
Ground will now be broken two months earlier, in October, with completion to be no later than the first quarter of 2017.
“APEC will take place in late 2017 but many related events, conferences and seminars will take place starting from the beginning of the year,” Minister Thanh said. “The new terminal will not only assist Da Nang in connecting with other regions in Vietnam but will also help connect Vietnam with the world.”
He has proposed the Ministry of Planning and Investment and related government agencies approve the new terminal project this week.
After the expansion the existing airport will be able to welcome 9 million visitors a year, with the new terminal handling an extra 4 million and having the possibility of being upgraded to welcome 11 million.