Come September 2013, travelers to Vietnam’s
former imperial city can once again touchdown and take off from
the Phu Bai International Airport outside of Hue.
transport authorities have green-lighted the airport for an early
re-opening on 20 September 2013 – two months ahead of schedule.
The airport closed its doors on 20 March for runway repairs and
upgrades, estimated between 500 and 600 billion Vietnam Dong.
Located 15 kilometers from the city centre, Phu
Bai Airport is the main gateway to Hue, Vietnam’s ancient capital
and the seat of power during the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Hue’s well-preserved citadels, tombs and pagodas have been recognized by UNESCO and are among the country’s top cultural
“Restoring direct access to Hue is a
crucial step in enticing visitors and boosting the city’s
profile,” said Phan Trong Minh, general manager at the five-star
La Residence Hotel & Spa. “Now that logistical issues are out of
the way, Hue can reclaim its place as one of Vietnam’s most
alluring -- and accessible -- destinations.”
Vietnam Airlines is expected to resume operations to Hue with three daily return flights
from Ho Chi Minh, and two daily return flights from Hanoi.
The improvements on the Phu Bai International Airport
are part of the government’s plans to develop Hue and Vietnam’s central coast as key tourism destinations. Six months were spent
upgrading the airport’s runway to allow it to receive larger
aircraft. Once operational, the airport will be able to
accommodate five million passengers per year.
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