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
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,
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.