Vietnam Improves Airports in Cam Ranh and Dalat

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 11 February 2010

Vietnams appeal as a destination to international travelers brightened considerably over the past 60 days as two of the countrys premier interior destinations opened their runways to flights from abroad.

The airport upgrades also boast next-generation terminals. In December, Cam Ranh Airport near the seaside city of Nha Trang and Lien Khuong Airport on the outskirts of the Central Highlands town of Dalat unveiled architecturally advanced terminals capable of attracting international travel.

The opening of these new terminals is a major step in the development of Vietnam, said Scott Hodgetts, general manager of the Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa. As a hotelier, I cant help but be alert to access. Its encouraging the transport authorities are taking it seriously.

Cam Ranh Airport became the first of Vietnams newest terminals to welcome an international flight on 12 December when SilkAir flew 118 passengers in from Singapore on an Airbus A319.

Southern Airports Corporation (SAC), which inaugurated Lien Khuong Airports new 12,400-square-metre depot on 26 December, hopes to see service to other Southeast Asian nations later this year.

Next on the Civil Aviation Administrations hit list: Danang Airport, in the Central Coast city of Danang. Despite aged facilities, it has managed to support infrequent flights from Bangkok, Singapore and Taipei in recent years. But construction of a new, US$74 million terminal is well underway. Its super structure, engineered by U.S.-based Louis Berger Group and Dutch airport consultant NACO, is already in place and officials are predicting a December 2010 finish, says Jon Tomlinson, general director of Montgomerie Links golf club in nearby Quang Nam.

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