Vietnam opens new international airport

Vietnam opens new international airport

Can Tho International Airport will serve the country's delta region and boost economic development
The new Can Tho International Airport can support long-haul aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, shown above at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung opened the new year by cutting the ribbon on the new Can Tho International Airport in Can Tho City.

Upgraded from a small regional airstrip over a series of construction phases, the US$150 million airport will serve the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta by accommodating up to five million passengers a year.

New runways mean the airport can handle long-haul aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and 777.

As reported by the Vietnam News, the January 1 ceremony made Can Tho the fourth international airport in the country, joining airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

The Vietnam Economy News quoted Prime Minister Dung saying, "The airport provides a big opportunity for Can Tho City in particular and the southwestern area in general to make fast and sustainable development and helps facilitate air travel in the region."

In addition to aiding Vietnam's international economic integration, the new airport is expected to play a key role in the country's defense.

According to the Vietnam News, Can Tho airport provided services to 211,000 passengers in 2010.