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“Restoring Na San Airport is absolutely necessary”

Son La would like to commit to allocate about 350 billion VND for site clearance

Reporting to the Prime Minister and the central delegation, Mr. Dang Ngoc Hau, Vice Chairman of Son La Provincial People’s Committee informed: Na San Airport was built by the French in 1950 and operated from 1996 – 2004, with frequency from 2 to 5 flights/week, with ATR 72 aircraft and has been stopped since 2004. Planned area is 171 ha.

Na San Airport was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 236/QD-TTg dated February 23, 2018; The Ministry of Transport approved the detailed planning in Decision No. 249/QD-BGTVT with the planning area of ​​498.67 ha.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh: I think the restoration of Na San airport is absolutely necessary - Photo 1.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The reported the plan to upgrade and renovate Na San airport to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: Tue Linh.

The runway is 2,600 m long, 45 m wide; including military apron and aerodrome. Operating capacity by 2030 is 1.0 million passengers/year and vision to 2050 is 2.0 million passengers/year.

The scale of the project is divided into two phases: Phase 1, striving to welcome 1 million passengers and transport goods of 350 tons per year by 2030 with a total expected investment of 2,500 billion. Including the following items: Take-off runway with size of 2,600mx 45m, cement concrete structure to ensure the operation of A320, A321 aircraft and military aircraft Su27, Su30MK.

Phase 2: Striving to 2050, the station will be expanded and meet the capacity of 2 million passengers and the quantity of goods is 6,000 tons/year, with a total investment of about 500 billion VND.

Regarding the form of investment, in the form of PPP, type of BOT contract. With the State’s capital contribution, Son La province committed to allocate about 350 billion VND to carry out the site clearance work about 150 billion VND; The cost of leaving the taxiway, the military airport and the system of plates is about 20 billion VND. Son La province also proposed the Vietnam Airlines Corporation to arrange about 180 billion VND to invest in the construction of the air traffic control tower.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh: I find it very necessary to restore Na San airport - Photo 2.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the survey of Na San Airport. Photo: Tue Linh.

In order to speed up the implementation of the Na San Airport project to serve the people, create a breakthrough in transport infrastructure, and promote investment in socio-economic development of Son La province in particular and the region. the Northwest region in general; especially implementing Resolution No. 11-NQ/TW dated February 10, 2022 of the Politburo on the direction of socio-economic development, ensuring national defense and security in the Northern midland and mountainous region. The set.

Son La province proposes and recommends to the Prime Minister and ministries and branches a number of contents, such as: Assigning the People’s Committee of Son La province to be the competent State agency to implement the Na San Airport project; approved the investment policy of Na San Airport project in the form of public-private partnership.

“I find it very necessary to restore the real airport.”

Speaking at the Na San Airport survey, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said: The Resolution of the National Party Congress has also made three strategic breakthroughs; including breakthroughs in transport infrastructure. In addition, the Politburo also issued Resolution No. 11-NQ/TW dated February 10, 2022 on the direction of socio-economic development, ensuring national defense and security in the Northern midland and mountainous region. The set; which also identifies breakthroughs in infrastructure development and focuses on transport infrastructure.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh: I find it very necessary to restore Na San airport - Photo 3.

Na San Airport was built by the French in the 1950s in Chieng Mung commune, Mai Son district, Son La province. Photo: Tue Linh.

The Prime Minister analyzed: When there is a traffic connection, the travel time will be reduced. Flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi is only 2 hours. Faster than taking a car from Hanoi to Son La takes about 6 hours. The economic effect is very obvious.

When the airport opens, it will be different. For example, Thanh Hoa without Golden Star airport is very difficult to develop. When there is Sao Vang airport, the Ministry of Transport is expected to have about 500,000 passengers by 2020, but in the first year, it has reached 1 million passengers and is now overloaded.

According to the Prime Minister, when there is an exchange connection, the value of cultural exchange and identity will be exploited to the maximum and effectively. Besides, when producing vegetables and fruits, if you want to be able to export, then aviation is still convenient, especially fresh vegetables, tubers and fruits. Thereby, contributing to market diversification.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh: I find it very necessary to restore Na San airport - Photo 4.

Immediately after surveying the airport, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a working session and listened to the report of the Son La Provincial People’s Committee on the proposed investment plan to build Na San Airport in the form of PPP. Photo: Tue Linh.

The demand is growing day by day. People are moving more and more. Now there is nothing faster than flying. When the price is competitive, flying from Na San to Dien Bien is sometimes cheaper than going by car. That’s not to mention the time.

“I see that the restoration of Na San airport is very necessary. Through the report of the Ministry of Transport and the preparation of the project’s economic – technical report, it is very clear. On May 29, it will be done. Working with Son La province to decide how to invest, how. If it is beyond our authority, we will report it to the competent authorities. Obviously, the common spirit is to restore Na San airport.” Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister emphasized: The restoration of Na San airport is the concretization of the Resolution of the National Party Congress and Resolution No. 11-NQ/TW dated February 10, 2022 of the Politburo. Now we must resolve and report to the authorities. On that basis, there is a decision to balance resources to be the most appropriate, feasible and effective…

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