Highland Airport Upgraded for the Big Jets

Lien Khuong Airport south of Da Lat in the Central Highlands has been given an official reopening after a VND400-billion reconstruction that took four years.

Planes as big as the Airbus 320 and 321 can now land at Lien Khuong and take off again. In fact, it was only last week that the airport’s first A320 flew in from Ha Noi.

Flights from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat are usually 95 to 98 percent full nowadays, and are packed out on weekends and public holidays, Chairman Huynh Duc Hoa of the Lam Dong People’s Committee told the assembled guests.

The first planes from Singapore and Thailand should begin flying into Lien Khuong by the end of this year.

A further VND300 billion will be spent starting this September to expand the terminal area so that the airport can process 1.5 million passengers annually.

The long-term plan is to upgrade Lien Khuong to the 4D standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation by the year 2025. It will also serve as a Level 2 military airport by then.

By Lam Vien, source TN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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