CAAV proposes installing night lighting system at Con Dao Airport
The Saigon Times
|Two planes of Bamboo Airways (L) and the Vietnam Air Services Company are parked at the Con Dao Airport – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed that the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) urgently install the lighting system at night for the Con Dao Airport in the island district of Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, to increase the airport’s capacity.
According to CAAV, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of flights to and from Con Dao has risen sharply over the past year. However, the Con Dao Airport’s infrastructure remains underdeveloped. Without a night lighting system, the airport has only been able to receive flights during the day.
CAAV said building a night lighting system will help airlines increase the flight frequency or launch new routes to the airport, contributing to boosting local tourism.
There are currently two airlines operating air routes to Con Dao. The Vietnam Air Services Company offers flights between HCMC and Con Dao using the ATR-72 aircraft, while Bamboo Airways operates flights to Con Dao from HCMC, Hanoi and Haiphong using the Embraer 195 aircraft.
Although the flight frequency to the Con Dao Airport has increased significantly over the past several years, tickets of some routes have been sold out due to high demand. Many Bamboo Airways flights to Con Dao in April or May have been sold out or there are only business class tickets left. Since mid-February, Bamboo Airways has transported more than 70,000 passengers to Con Dao.
The Con Dao Airport was built in 1947. In 2004, it was upgraded to the 3C standard with four parking lots capable of receiving ATR-72 or similar aircraft. The airport’s terminal covers nearly 3,800 square meters and is capable of serving 200 passengers at a time.
According to the aviation development plan toward 2030, the Con Dao Airport will be upgraded to a civil and military airport of the 4C standard. It will cover 141 hectares and be capable of receiving 2 million passengers a year.