Northern highlands province joins the airport queue

By Anh Duy   February 19, 2021 | 06:00 pm PT
Northern highlands province joins the airport queue
Rice terraces in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by Shutterstock/Tran An.
The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang is the latest among several provinces wanting an airport included in national aviation development plans.

The province has proposed that a military cum civilian airport be built in Bac Quang District on an area of 388 hectares, 260 kilometers to the north of Hanoi.

Of the total area, 70 hectares, or 18 percent, would be dedicated for military use, the province says in its proposal to the Ministry of Transport.

It wants this new airport to be included in the national 2021-2030 airport development plan with vision until 2050.

The province expects the airport to deliver a "breakthrough in socio-economic development."

The northern highlands province is the latest of several localities that have proposed their own airport, others being the northern provinces of Ninh Binh and Cao Bang, the central province o fHa Tinh and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

The northern province of Son La has proposed that its Na San Airport be upgraded for both military and civilian use.

A draft plan of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) last year envisioned 26 airports nationwide by 2030, 14 of them international.

By 2050, Vietnam could have 30 airports, half of them international, including a second one in Hanoi.

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