Newest gateway to Halong Bay in Quang Ninh province opened in December 30, 2018. Van Don International Airport is 220 kilometres from the capital Hanoi and just 50 kilometres from Halong Bay, a Unesco World Heritage site.
Developed by a private company, Sun Group, this is the first ever international airport in Vietnam. With a total investment of US$310 million, the airport was constructed with the assistance of Netherlands Airport Consultants.
Besides being equipped with the latest airport technologies in the main terminal, and a state-of-the-art runway, the airport can accommodate 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, 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.
With total investment of US$43 million, Halong International Cruise Port is the first ever cruise port dedicated exclusively to receiving international cruise ships.
Located in Bai Chay ward, Halong City, the port can accommodate two cruise ships (up to 225,000 GRT each) at the same time and a total of 8,460 passengers including crew.
The opening of all three major infrastructure projects will play an immense role in tapping the province’s full tourism potential and create new opportunities for international trade and economic cooperation.