Phu Bai International Airport in Vietnam to Reopen on 20 September 2013

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Come September 2013, travelers to Vietnams former imperial city can once again touchdown and take off from the Phu Bai International Airport outside of Hue.

Vietnams 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, Vietnams ancient capital and the seat of power during the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty.

Hues well-preserved citadels, tombs and pagodas have been recognized by UNESCO and are among the countrys top cultural attractions.

Restoring direct access to Hue is a crucial step in enticing visitors and boosting the citys 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 Vietnams 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 governments plans to develop Hue and Vietnams central coast as key tourism destinations. Six months were spent upgrading the airports runway to allow it to receive larger aircraft. Once operational, the airport will be able to accommodate five million passengers per year.

Hue, Vietnam

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