PHU Bai International Airport in central Vietnam has been given the green light to resume operations on September 20, two months ahead of schedule.
The airport, located 15km from Vietnam’s ancient capital Hue, had shut on March 20 for a series of runway repairs and upgrades that were estimated to have cost between 500-600 million dong (US$23.5-28.2 million).
Part of the Vietnamese government’s plans to develop Hue and Vietnam’s central coast as key tourism destinations, the upgrades will allow the airport’s runway to receive larger aircraft and increases the airport’s capacity to five million passengers a year.
Vietnam Airlines has announced that it will resume operations to Hue with thrice-daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City and two daily flights from Hanoi.
Phan Trong Minh, general manager of La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, said: “Restoring direct access to Hue is a crucial step in enticing visitors and boosting the city’s profile.
“Now that logistical issues are out of the way, Hue can reclaim its place as one of Vietnam’s most alluring – and accessible – destinations.”