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Vietnam's Van Don airport commences operations

Vietnam's Van Don International airport commenced operations on 30 December 2018.

The new airport is the first to be built under a build-operate-transfer model. It was jointly built by local property and infrastructure company Sun Group and Quang Ninh province at a total cost of D7.46 trillion ($321 million), says the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

The airport will be capable of handling up to 2.5 million passengers annually. In the initial stage, it can handle up to four aircraft simultaneously, but this will be increased to seven by 2030. Its 3,600m runway can also handle widebodies up to the size of Boeing 747s, 777s, and 787s.

Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air have announced plans to operate flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Van Don. While Vietnam Airlines began flights on the day the airport was inaugurated, VietJet will commence its service on 20 January.

Van Don airport is located in Quang Ninh province, around 200km west of Hanoi.

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