Nearly 2,400 billion vnd needed to upgrade Con Dao airport runway, welcoming big airplanes

Monday - 25/10/2021 18:32
In order to receive larger aircraft such as Airbus A320, A321 instead of ATR-72, Embraer E195, Con Dao airport needs to upgrade runways, taxiways, parking lots... with a total investment of about 2,395 billion VND.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam said about this information when proposing the Ministry of Transport to approve the investment policy of the project to renovate and upgrade runways, taxiways, and beacon system at Con Dao airport.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration, Con Dao airport currently has a runway 1,830m long, 30m wide, asphalt concrete pavement structure, only exploiting small aircraft such as ATR-72 and Embraer E195. This runway was built in 2004 and has reached the end of its operating life but has not yet shown any major damage, still ensuring safe operation.
Con Dao airport currently has 2 taxiways connecting the runway with the apron. Taxiway E1 is for military use only; taxiway E2 used for civil and military flight operations; there is a parking space for civil aviation aircraft of nearly 17,000m2, with 4 parking positions for aircraft ATR-72 or equivalent or less. Con Dao airport does not have a runway beacon system for night operation.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration, the demand of passengers to Con Dao by plane is great, but so far, only ATR-72 with 68 seats and Embraer E195 with a maximum of 124 seats have been exploit. Therefore, it is difficult to increase passengers to Con Dao without upgrading the airport infrastructure.
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In order to implement the planning to adjust Con Dao airport and meet the needs of exploitation and bring into full play the tourism potential of Con Dao island district according to the development orientation of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam believes that investment projects on renovation and upgrading of runways and taxiways; Con Dao airport runway beacon system is necessary. 
The investment objective is to upgrade the system of runways, taxiways and aprons at Con Dao airport to ensure efficient exploitation of code C aircraft such as Airbus A321ceo, A321neo, A320neo, A319... or equivalent mined at night. 
To achieve the above goals, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam proposes to remove the existing runway and build a new runway with a length of 1,830m, a width of 45m (extended by 15m) with a structure to ensure efficient exploitation of code C aircraft such as Airbus A321, A320.
Building 3 connecting taxiways and 1 parallel taxiway according to the programming plan with a structure to ensure efficient exploitation of code C aircraft; building apron with 8 positions according to the approved planning and synchronous technical infrastructure system; studying, building, and installing the CAT I precision landing gear system at the 11th end of the runway, the approach light system according to the approved plan. 
It is expected that the total investment in the project to upgrade the runway and taxiway at Con Dao airport is about 2,395 billion VND from the state budget, the implementation schedule is from 2021-2023.

Source: Translator: My Phuong

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