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New international airport a boost for Halong Bay

The Vietnamese tourism resort of Halong Bay can expect a boost after the opening this week of the new Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province.

The UNESCO world Heritage site has previously been reached via a very slow 220-kilometre road trip from the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.


This is the first ever international airport in Vietnam to be developed by a private company: Sun Group - the country's premier developer of tourism, leisure and entertainment-focused properties and projects.

The US$310 million airport was constructed with the assistance of NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), one of the world's leading airport consultancy and engineering firms.

"It is the most modern airport in Vietnam and will have positive influences on the passengers' experience here in the airport," said Romy Berntsen, a project manager and architect from NACO.

Besides being equipped with the latest airport technologies in the main terminal, and a state-of-the-art runway, the new airport features a beautiful design inspired by the beauty of Halong Bay, which is just 50km away.

As a new gateway for both domestic and international travellers, the airport will receive an estimated 2 to 2.5 million passengers annually for the next two years and five million per year by 2030.

On the same day, Sun Group officially unveiled two more major new infrastructures projects in Quang Ninh, namely, the new Halong-Van Don Highway and Halong International Cruise Port. The new four-lane, 60km-long highway will reduce travel time from Van Don Airport to Halong city to just under 50 minutes.

The port terminal, designed by Bill Bensley, one of the world's most renowned and innovative architects, will be a new landmark for the city and Quang Ninh Province.

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