A new airport to be opened near Halong Bay in 2017
The announcement was made at a meeting with the Ministry of Transport. With a cost estimate of nearly VND7.5 trillion (US$331.7 million) for its first stage, Quang Ninh Airport will be built on Van Don Island, about 50 kilometers from the famous bay.
It will cover an area of around 290 hectares with one runway, one terminal, and parking spots for four medium to large aircrafts. The airport is expected to be expanded after 2020 to serve five million passengers a year.
A group of South Korean investors, including Korea Airports Corporation and POSCO Engineering and Construction, was originally assigned to build the airport under a built-operate-transfer arrangement.