Van Don International Airport named as Asia’s Leading New Airport 2019

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Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been named “Asia’s Leading New Airport 2019” at the World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania (WTA), becoming the first Vietnamese airport to be honoured with this prestigious award.

Van Don International Airport named as Asia’s Leading New Airport 2019
Halong bay - UNESCO world cultural heritage. Photo by Webkims
Glowing with pride, Director of Van Don International Airport Pham Ngoc Sau said that the ward affirms prestige, position and high-quality services of the airport, while serving as motivation for the staff to continue improving services and bringing customers the best airport experience.

Van Don International Airport was developed to the tune of VND7.463 trillion (US$323 million) in total investment by Sun Group. Construction on the airport started in 2015 on 288 ha in Doan Ket commune, Van Don district. It is the first airport in Vietnam to operate under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.

The airport was designed in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) 4E standards. Sun Group developed Van Don International Airport with state of the art and modern equipment and technologies, all imported from the world's leading brands, to ensure passengers have a world-class experience.

Equipped with seven aircraft parking lots, the airport is capable of operating large aircraft including Boeing 787 and 777 models.

The aesthetic design of Van Don International Airport Terminal was inspired by the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Ha Long Bay. Shaped like a sailing boat under a red orange domed roof, the airport takes its design cues from local cultures and architectural traditions. Inside the terminal, the interior also celebrates the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay with a striking visual décor and provides travellers with ample green spaces.

The airport’s terminal is designed to have annual capacity of 2-2.5 million passengers in the first phase, and is expected to increase to five million by 2030. The airport is set to receive 500,000 passenger arrivals/departures in the first year of operation.

A cargo terminal is expected to be built by 2030 with a capacity of at least 51,000 tonnes.

As of September 10, Van Don International Airport hosted a total of 1,364 flights transporting nearly 183,000 domestic and foreign passengers, and 604,000 tonnes of cargo.

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