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Sapa airport project supported

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The Lao Cai's Sapa airport project worth nearly VND 5,000 billion was supported by Transport Minister Nguyen Van The.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said that he supports the project of building Sa Pa airport and said that this is a "very potential project".

However, the Ministry of Transport said that "State budget will be difficult", the Ministry would like to transfer this project to Lao Cai province, applying the model of socialization like Van Don airport (invested by private enterprises); The Ministry of Transport will coordinate to call on investors.

According to Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho, Sa Pa airport project is planned, so on the advice of the Ministry, the Government will decide the time of construction and appropriate size of the airport.

In addition to Van Don airport, which will soon be operational and Long Thanh airport, Vietnam will consider and build five new airports, including Phan Thiet, Son La, Sa Pa, Quang Tri and Lai Chau.

Commenting on the project, economic expert Ngo Tri Long said that the airport will help develop tourism in Sa Pa. However, before investing, Lao Cai province needs to clarify the capacity and forecast tourists to this locality to calculate the reasonable construction time avoid wasting when building the airport with a total capital of nearly 5000 billion Vietnam Dong
"We have to consider carefully the construction of new airports when resources are limited, many areas need to invest," Long said.

In June, Lao Cai province proposed the construction of Sa Pa airport that combines civilian and military purposes, located in Cam Con commune, Bao Yen district, with a total investment of more than 5,700 billion. The project is divided into two phases. Of which, the first phase until 2020 will invest 4,750 billion VND (including land clearance cost), build an airport with capacity of 560,000 passengers per year with two parking spaces that can accommodate aircraft A320, A321 and equivalent. Phase 2 until 2030 will invest more than 1,000 billion to increase the airport capacity to 1.5 million passengers.












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