Vietnam's Da Lat tourist hub to have international airport

By VNA   May 20, 2024 | 06:14 pm PT
Vietnam's Da Lat tourist hub to have international airport
Aircraft park on Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat. Photo courtesy of the Airports Corporaton of Vietnam
Lien Khuong domestic airport in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, home to popular resort city Da Lat, would be upgraded into an international one, doubling its annual capacity to 5 million passengers in the next six years.

The airport’s Terminal 2 will be constructed in 2021-2030, able to serve some 3 million passengers a year, and will then be expanded to increase the airport capacity to 7 million by 2050 under a master plan to develop the airport during 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050 recently approved by the Ministry of Transport.

Meanwhile, it is designed to handle 20,000 tonnes of cargo and 30,000 tonnes by 2030 and 2050, respectively.

The airport is to become an international aerodrome, able to host Airbus A320, A321 and A350 and Boeing B747 and B787 aircraft or similar-sized ones.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam was assigned to study and complete the master plan, and coordinate with the provincial People’s Committee and relevant agencies to announce, manage and carry out the project.

Meanwhile, the provincial People’s Committee was asked to update the planning, and arrange a land fund for the airport expansion when necessary.

The government previously planned to turn the Central Highlands resort city Da Lat into one of Southeast Asia’s leading tourism centers with "high-quality nightlife activities."

Situated on a plateau around 1,500 meters above sea level, Da Lat is famous for its French colonial heritage.

It used to be a summer retreat for French officials during colonial times thanks to its year-round cool climate and beautiful landscape.

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