On May 10, the Ministry of Transport announced the decision to recognise Cat Bi in the northern port city of Hai Phong as an international airport— marking a new chapter in the region’s economic development.
Phase one renovations to modernize the airport and its dated interior and runways to accommodate Airbus A321 have been completed and the airport has been cleared for take-off and landing of the aircraft.
The Ministry said the new designation is expected to boost general aviation, freight carriers and commercial passenger service.
“Our overall goal is that you can go anywhere from here,” said officials at the Ministry. “So a step in that direction is the international designation for two reasons: general aviation and for freight.”
It could also mean more business and industries moving to the Hai Phong region as one of the universal criteria for being attractive to business is that the new location be within 45 minutes of an international airport. The new designation is “a gigantic leap forward” for the region.
Phase two of the project is on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2017, which will result in the airport becoming fully functional for the B777, A330/350 and other aircraft customarily used in international flights.
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