HCM CITY (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): The renovation, upgrade and expansion project of Con Dao Airport in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province will begin in 2023 and be completed in 2024 to ensure large aircraft may land on the island.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has been assigned as the investor and is organising the preparation of a feasibility study report for the project.
Con Dao Airport is currently a level 3C airport according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards. The passenger terminal was put into operation in 2005 with a designed capacity of 400,000 passengers per year.
Currently, Con Dao Airport is only operated by Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways with ATR72 and Embraer E195 aircraft.
Between 2016 and 2020, the volume of passenger transport through the port increased sharply with a growth rate of 14 per cent per year.
Though the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 detrimentally affected casual operation of the airport, the volume of passenger transport through the airport is forecast to increase by 15 to 20 per cent between 2022 and 2025.