6:09:10 PM | 15/3/2006
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CVVA) on March 9 announced a master plan to develop the Dien Bien Airport in the northwestern province of Dien Bien until 2015, towards 2025 with an investment capital of VND530 billion (US$33.5 million).
Under a master plan mapped out by the CVVA, VND140 billion (roughly US$8.9 million) will be used to upgrade the airport’s facilities during the first phase so that it can serve 200,000 passengers every year.
In the second phase, the airport will be expanded to 120.8ha for both civil and military purposes and is expected to serve 300,000 passengers a year.
In 2006, the airport will continue conducting 10-14 flights per week on the Hanoi-Dien Bien route. It also offers flights to Kunming (China), Chiang Mai (Thailand) and other destinations in the Mekong river sub-region.
In the first two months of this year, the Dien Bien Airport, which was established in 1977 about 500km north-west of Hanoi, handled over 4,000 passengers and thousands of tons of goods.
Dien Bien is best known as the site of the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu which ended major French involvement in Indochina.
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