The Ministry of Transport in Vietnam is set to revise the blueprints for the project to start a new airport in the Lao Cai province. This move was initiated in order for the airport to support bigger aircrafts or planes than what was originally planned.
The need to modify the airport project plans
According to the Saigon Times media’s report, the consultancy firm Aviation Design and Construction Consulting Co Ltd mentioned that it will be beneficial to modify the building plans in order to make certain that the proposed Lao Cai airport will be able to support aircrafts like Airbus A320s or A321s and to meet the 4c standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Airport project details
The airport site is situated in Bao Yen district specifically at Cam Son Commune. The site in Lao Cai is near the famous town of Sapa.
The Ministry of Transport was supposedly planning on using 140 hectares of land at the expense of $58.3 million for the Lao Cai airport. However, the design restricted the runway and the backup facilities to only ATR72 aircrafts or those which can seat around 70 people.
Vietnam and the airports in the country
The airport could be opened as early as 2020. Within this time, Vietnam will already have 26 airports in operation.
These 26 airports include 26 domestic airports and 10 international airports. The domestic airports are Lao Cai, Na San, Dien Bien Phu, Vinh, Gia Lam, Quang Ninh, Tuy Hoa, Phu Cat, Dong Hoi, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Rach Gia, Lien Khuong, Con Son, Ca Mau and Vung Tau. The international airports are Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Noi Bai, Phu Bai, Cat Bi, Cam Ranh, Chu Lai, Can Tho, Phu Quoc and Long Thanh.
About the Lao Cai province
In this province, the main destination is Sapa. Thousands of tourists usually head to Sapa for its cool weather having a 1,500 meter altitude. They use a Hanoi to Sapa train that stops in Lao Cai town where the station is at the foot of the mountains a few kilometers away from the Chinese border.