Vietnam will soon have a new international airport which will provide a better connection for travellers heading to the world famous Ha Long Bay.

According to a report from the VN Express, the Sun Group has revealed the newest international airport to be opened at Van Don, Vietnam is expected to welcome its first flights December. The VDN 7.5 trillion (USD $330 million) construction project is designed to handle 5 million passengers annually by the year 2030, and will see commercial and military flights.

The Van Don District is located in northeast Vietnam in the province of Quang Ninh, around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. The area has been designated as a special economic zone

Unlike the other airports in Vietnam run by the publicly owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam, it will be the first privately operated airport run by local property development firm Sun Group.

Tourism is one of the main economic drivers for the region, which according to figures from the Quang Ninh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism the region welcomed 6.6 million visitors as of May 2018. Of the more than 6 million tourists welcomed so far, 2.17 million of them are foreign visitors.

The new airport will be able to accommodate the large commercial jets such as the Boeing 777s, 787s, and Airbus A350s, opening up direct international flights from major international hubs from beyond Asia. Among the key selling points would be it would reduce the need to take a four-hour bus ride from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay to a bus or taxi ride that would take less than two hours from Van Don and other popular beaches in Quang Ninh Province.

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