Attending at the groundbreaking ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The and Secretary of the Thua Thien- Hue provincial Party Committee Le Truong Luu.
The project, funded by the development investment fund of the Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), include a three-story passenger terminal building and support facilities fully equipped with up-to-date equipment and technologies.
The new terminal includes a passenger terminal and supporting facilities and will be able to serve 2,500 passengers at a time during peak time, and a total 5 million passengers a year, including one million foreigners; and some 9 million passengers per year in 2030.
The terminal will be built at a total capital of VND2,350 billion from ACV's development capital and expected to be put into operation in the fourth quarter in 2021.
The terminal is expected to promote connection between Thua Thien-Hue with other cities and provinces across the nation and in the world.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said that Vietnam’s aviation infrastructure still lags behind the country’s economic development, with many airports having become overloaded, including Phu Bai international airport which has been operating at 130% of its design capacity.
He asked competent ministries and sectors to arrange capital for the airport’s expansion project so that it could service 9 million passengers per year by 2030. The Deputy PM added the move is important to create an economic impetus for Thua Thien-Hue province, helping it achieve the status of a centrally-run city by 2025.
Phu Bai airport aims to welcome 3-3.5 million passengers by 2020 and some 6.5-7 million passengers by 2025.
The airport is now able to serve 1.5 million passengers per year and is often overloaded.
On the same day, the Airport Corporation of Vietnam organized a ceremony welcoming the 115 millionth passenger who is a Japanese traveler arriving in Phu Bai International Aiport. ACV expects to receive 116 million passengers at its network of airport across the country this year.