|A view of Da Nang International Airport (Photo: kinhtedothi.vn)
Deputy General Director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), Le Xuan Tung told Viet Nam News the new terminal was designed to handle 18 million tourists per year and 100,000 tonnes cargo.
The T3 terminal alongside two already existing ones – T1 and T2 – will help Vietnam’s third largest airport ease congestion in the near future, while promoting connections in trade, investment and tourism in key central economic zones among Hue-Da Nang-Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.
Tung said the ACV has urged the ministries of transport and finance and relevant agencies to complete the final procedures for the project.
He said Da Nang International Airport is a key destination for the development of trade, investment and tourism in the central and Central Highlands region.
“The airport hosts 23 flights each day and grows 30 percent annually. Meanwhile, the development of airlines including VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Bamboo Airways and tourism property in the city has strongly lured foreign investment in recent years,” Tung said.
“We have asked the Ministry of Transport to approve the detailed plan for construction of a new terminal project.”
In 2017, the city launched the T2 terminal to serve the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, with a design capacity of 13 million passengers per year from 2020, but it already became overloaded with 13.3 million passengers in 2018.
The airport authorities and Chiang Mai International Airport have been promoting more direct flights connecting destinations in Thailand and world heritage sites in central Vietnam including Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh; UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites; Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam.
The city’s airport is now the third largest airport in Vietnam, after Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat in the southern economic hub of HCM City. It is an important gateway to the central and Central Highlands region and the East-West Economic Corridors connecting Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.