Transport Minister green lights creation of JSC to handle construction.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang confirmed there is an urgent need for a new international terminal at Danang International Airport when chairing a meeting on May 12 on plans to do so. He gave the go-ahead to the establishment of a joint stock company for the terminal’s construction, which will to cater to the many international flights now departing from and arriving in the central city.
“The investors will have to quickly sign site clearance compensation agreements with landowners so that the project can break ground next January and be opened for public use in June 2017,” he told the meeting.
The new international terminal will have a capacity to welcome 4 million passengers each year. According to Mr. Le Hanh Hung, General Director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the airport’s current annual capacity is 6 million passengers.
In recent years the number of visiting travelling to and from Da Nang International Airport has increased significantly, by an average of 14.5 per cent annually. At such a rate the airport will soon reach a point where it can’t handle the passenger traffic.
The construction of a new international terminal is therefore not only pressing but also necessary, as it will help the airport separate domestic departures and arrivals from international ones, which is made especially crucial by the fact that Da Nang will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2017.