Proposal to close Con Dao airport from April 2023 for expansion

According to the plan, Con Dao airport will be invested in extending the take-off/landing route, adding more parking space to be able to exploit mid-range aircraft such as A320/321, instead of just exploiting the aircraft. small aircraft like ATR72 and equivalent today.

To implement the project, Con Dao airport will have to temporarily close completely, instead of both exploiting and expanding like other airports in the mainland. In the latest document sent to the Ministry of Transport, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam proposed that the ministry agree with the People’s Committee of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province on the temporary closure of Con Dao airport to serve the expansion project from April 2023. Temporarily closed for 9 months (until December 2023).

The Civil Aviation Administration also recommends the Ministry of Transport to work with localities to promote work related to site clearance and resettlement; establish a temporary seaport serving construction; announce raw material prices, introduce material mines; review and adjust forest planning to ensure consistency and synchronization of transport projects connecting to the airport…

It is known that up to now, Thang Long Project Management Board (representative of the investor) has submitted to the Civil Aviation Administration the project feasibility study report and project consultant selection plan…

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To expand, Con Dao airport was forced to close for 9 months for construction.

According to the plan, the project to expand Con Dao airport, including the expansion of runways and taxiways, is invested by the state budget and invested by the Ministry of Transport; The air traffic control tower and the system of meteorological stations are invested by the Flight Management Corporation; items of terminals, aprons, roads… invested by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV); The fuel depot will follow the bidding procedure.

However, only the items ACV is the investor of so far this corporation has not included in the unit’s investment plan in the period of 2021-2025. While, if these items cannot be deployed at the same time, other component projects cannot be implemented either.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam recommends the Ministry of Transport to work with the Committee for Management of State Capital at Enterprises (the agency representing state capital at ACV) to promote ACV to carry out work related to the above project.

According to the plan, Con Dao airport will be expanded to reach a capacity of 2 million passengers/year (5 times higher than the current one), with 8 aircraft parking positions (6 new positions added); the runway is 15m longer and 5m wider than the current one, meeting the ability to fly A320/321 and equivalent aircraft; additional signal lights, flight management works to be able to operate at night.

Total project investment is over 3,794 billion VND. In which, a part is used from the budget capital (extension of runways, expansion of apron, lighting system), a part uses corporate capital (passenger terminal, flight management works).

Before the flight routes were interrupted because of the COVID-19 epidemic, Con Dao airport had 6 domestic routes connecting with Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Vinh and Hai Phong with a frequency of 20-22 flights. /day.

Le Huu Viet

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