More helicopter rides proposed after Con Dao airport closes for upgrade
Authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have proposed rising the frequency of helicopter rides from the mainland to Con Dao after the vacationer island closed its airport for a nine-month improve.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam on Monday mentioned Con Dao Airport shall be closed from April to December subsequent yr for an improve anticipated to extend its capability from 400,000 to 2 million passengers a yr in 2030.
In the course of the airport closure, vacationers are nonetheless capable of attain Con Dao Islands by helicopter from Vung Tau City. There are at the moment two return helicopter rides per week each Friday and Sunday operated by the Southern Vietnam helicopter firm.
At a gathering Tuesday, Trinh Dangle, director of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, mentioned Con Dao has been witnessing a surge in vacationer numbers lately and the airport closure will have an effect on travel demand.
He proposed the Ministry of Transport to contemplate rising helicopter rides from the mainland to Con Dao and launching industrial flights by helicopter from Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.
Con Dao Airport was constructed by the French within the twentieth century and upgraded in 2003 for industrial use. At current it’s closed at evening as a result of it lacks a runway lighting system.
The improve subsequent yr would allow the airport to deal with massive jet plane and additional develop its tourism potential.
Con Dao, well-known for its stunning beaches in addition to a wartime jail, had welcomed 400,000 vacationers in 2019, up 37 % year-on-year.