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Vietnam adopts plan to bolster air transport volumes by 2030

Released at: 09:45, 28/02/2018

Vietnam adopts plan to bolster air transport volumes by 2030

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Plan aims at putting Vietnam among four leading countries in Southeast Asia in terms of air transport volumes.

by Quang Huy & Le Diem

New air routes are opening and two news airports will be inaugurated by 2020 as Vietnam strives to be among the four leading countries in Southeast Asia in terms of air transport volumes by 2030, according to a newly-approved plan on air transport development by 2020 and vision to 2030.

The plan, approved by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, will see international air routes increase in frequency and more routes opened, including to the key markets of Russia, Germany, France, the UK, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia.

Vietnam plans to open new air routes to Russia, the UK, and the Czech Republic by 2020 and expand to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Meanwhile, the domestic network will be expanded by direct flights to many destinations where travelers must now transit in major airports. Research will be carried out to also open routes to some of the country’s many islands.

The fleet in operation for both international and domestic networks will reach 220 aircraft by 2020 and over 400 by 2030. The total passenger transport market is forecast to increase by an average of 16 per cent annually during 2015-2020 and 8 per cent annually during 2020-2030. The total freight transport market will increase by an average of 18 per cent and 12 per cent per year during 2015-2020 and 2020-2030, respectively.

More airports

Two new airports, in Van Don district in the northern province of Quang Ninh, and in Phan Thiet city in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, will be opened by 2020 and added to the existing 21 airports in the country.

Quang Ninh’s Van Don district is one of three special administrative and economic zones Vietnam plans to develop that will incorporate specific policies and mechanisms in order to attract international investors.

The special zones will function as a new model to stimulate growth and lure foreign investment, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said at a merger and acquisition forum last year.

Phan Thiet is a popular resort city on the south-central coast and attracted nearly 600,000 foreign visitors in 2017, mostly from Russia, China and South Korea, according to the online portal of Binh Thuan province.

The new openings are part of the plan for Vietnam to have a total of 13 domestic airports and ten international airdromes, including the four gateway airports of Noi Bai in Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang International Airport, and Cam Ranh International Airport in south-central Khanh Hoa province, by 2020.

By 2030, there will be 15 domestic airports and 13 international airports in the country, with the addition of Long Thanh International Airport, construction of which is planned to begin in 2019 in the southern province of Dong Nai.

With the opening of new airports, Vietnam’s air transport capacity is expected increase to around 64 million passengers and 570,000 metric tons of cargo annually in 2020.

By 2030, Vietnam will establish regional centers for maintenance and the overhaul of engines and aviation equipment, gradually joining the supply chain of products and services in the global aviation industry.

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