No plans for relocation of city's airport

By DA NANG Today
Published: September 13, 2018

The Da Nang authorities have recently refuted a false rumour in recent times that the city’s International Airport might be moved to the Chu Lai seaport, urban and industrial area in Quang Nam Province’s Nui Thanh District.

In his closing speech at a recent workshop on urban planning strategies, municipal People’s Committee Vice Chairman Dang Viet Dung re-affirmed Da Nang’s stance in ensuring the vital role of natural values in creating the natural structure in the heart of the city to preserve its own features.

Urban restructuring should be accelerated in the right direction of developing even more green spaces and community facilities, building the urban image featuring a good public transportation system, and fully tapping the potential of underground space.

Vice Chairman Dung also remarked that the city authorities are actively engaged in making appropriate adjustments to the existing master plan for the city’s progress by 2035, with a vision towards 2050, in a bid to realise the goal of developing Da Nang into an environmentally friendly, smart and ‘global city’ with closer domestic and global connectivity.

In particular, at the workshop, a participant suggested that the city’s airport should be relocated in order to make way for the development of an international standard urban area in the heart of the city in the future.

However, this suggestion did not receive any support from other participants at all, and there were no any conclusions and ideas made by the city authorities regarding the relocation of the airport. 

It is no denying the fact that, without the airport, Da Nang might loose its stature as a driving force of growth for the central key economic region as stipulated by the Politburo’s Directive No 33-NQ/TW about promoting the progress of Da Nang in the current context of the country’s industrialisation and modernisation.

As stipulated in the current master plan for the city’s progress by 2035, with a vision towards 2050, the international airport still plays a vital role in the city’s urban structure, and it is also the core of the city's infrastructure in its socio-economic development process.

The city’s master plan also mentions the expansion and upgrade of the airport with an annual maximum capacity of handling between 28 and 30 million passengers in the coming years.