Da Lat’s Lien Khuong becomes international airport

By VNA   June 23, 2024 | 05:30 am PT
The Ministry of Transport and the People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong announced Lien Khuong Airport as the first international airport in the region on Sunday.
Aircraft park on Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat. Photo courtesy of the Airports Corporaton of Vietnam

Aircraft park on Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat. Photo courtesy of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Transport Minister Le Anh Tuan said that the airport’s runway, which is 3,250 meters long and 45 meters wide, can handle the Code D plane like the Airbus A300, the Boeing B757, and equivalents.

Accordingly, it serves regular and irregular international and domestic trips, private aircraft, military aircraft and other licensed types.

Direct flights from the airport to many countries will create favourable conditions for transporting international tourists as well as goods, vegetables, flowers, and agricultural products from the Central Highlands to many other countries at the lowest costs and the shortest time.

Nguyen Ngoc Phuc, Vice Chairman of the Lam Dong provincial People's Committee emphasised that the Lien Khuong international airport will create very favorable conditions for local socio-economic development in particular and the Central Highlands region in general, especially for the tourism sector as Da Lat is becoming an attractive destination for international tourists.

Construction on Lien Khuong airport, originally named Lien Khang, was started in 1933. It is about 39 km from Da Lat city’s downtown. After many upgrades and expansions, the airport now welcomes over 2 million passengers on average each year. Over the past several years, the transport ministry has allowed Lien Khuong to operate many irregular international flights transporting tourists to the province although it is a domestic airport.

According to the province’s planning until 2030, the Lien Khuong international airport will meet criteria of an 4E level airport with an area of 340.8 ha and a designated capacity of 5 million passengers per year. By 2050, it is expected to expand to 486,8 ha and host 7 million passengers yearly.

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