Bac Giang, Lang Son and some adjacent provinces mostly use Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. However, as Noi Bai Airport is becoming more overcrowded, when being asked for opinions on the master plan for airport development during the 2021-2030 period, Bac Giang authorities have proposed to turn Kep Airport into a joint-use airport for both military and civil aviation.
Bac Giang Department of Transport asked the Ministry of Transport to research the issue and submit the project to the prime minister. Kep Airport is located in Huong Giang Commune.
According to Bac Giang authorities, the northern region has three major airports including Noi Bai, Hai Phong and Van Don. However, as the travel demands increase in the future, a new airport or airport upgrade is necessary. Especially with plans to attract more FDI investments for the industry and tourism sector development. The demands for transporting goods to Lang Son Border Gate also has increased greatly so a new airport may be able to create a breakthrough for the local economy.
“Noi Bai Airport is over 150km from Lang Son and some remote areas in Bac Giang. It’s better to have a closer airport,” Bac Giang Department of Transport suggested.
The master plan for airport development during the 2021-2030 period, with a view to 2050, proposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam aims to have 26 airports in total by 2030. There will be 14 international airports and 12 domestic airports. Five key airports will be Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Danang, Cam Ranh and Long Thanh.
The total number of airports have been reduced by two compared to the airport development plan to 2020 with a view to 2030. The two airports, Na San and Lai Chau will be built after 2030.
By 2050, Vietnam will have 30 airports including 15 international airports. The plan to build a second airport for Hanoi is estimated to be started in 2040 when the demands are high.