Travel to Halong Bay has become a far simpler process of late. With investments from government and private businesses in the local area, the brand new $350 million Van Don airport will open up just 50km away from Halong Bay. Couple this with the new expressway running from Hanoi to Halong Bay, cutting the drive time from four hours to two, visiting this world heritage site has never been easier.
Built to connect Quang Ninh with other domestic provinces and overseas destinations, Vietnam’s newest airport will receive its first flight on December 25. While it’s predicted that Van Don will receive 500,000 passengers in its first year, it is said that it has a capacity for 2.5 million people a year in its first phase. This number stretches to 5 million people in later phases.
Travel for anyone journeying from central or southern Vietnam couldn’t be simpler. Flights are planned from tourism hotspots Hue, Danang, Dalat, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc. Further destinations include Chu Lai, Tuy Hoa, and Buon Ma Thuot.
While you might expect this to be a small, domestic airport, the design of Van Don could not be more different. By attracting high levels of investment, Van Don has been created with state-of-the-art facilities and standards that make it one of the most advanced airports in Vietnam to date.
It has a runway stretching 3.6km, which means it can facilitate the landing of some of the world’s most advanced aircrafts, such as Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A320 and A32. The capacity to accommodate such large aircrafts makes Van Don equal to major international airports like Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai in Hanoi.
The first flight will arrive in Van Don from Ho Chi Minh City on December 25. This regular flight will be with national carrier Vietnam Airlines and will continue to operate on a daily basis, departing from Ho Chi Minh City at 2:00pm and returning at 4:45pm, with an estimated flight time of two hours and five minutes.
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