Developing air and road infrastructure in the north of Vietnam
The region of Red River Delta, in the north of Vietnam, is one of the most important economic regions of Vietnam. In the area where 20 million people reside, local companies, and the increasing number of international corporations are producing significant amounts of goods that have to be transported both nationally and internationally. Due to the fact that the whole region is serviced only by one major international airport in Hanoi (which completed a brand-new passenger terminal this January), a plan has been developed to further increase the reliability of air traffic system in the north. This plan assumes the expansion of Cat Bi Airport in the city of Hai Phong into a 4E international grade to handle more cargo and passengers.
Located 5 km out of Haiphong, Cat Bi Airport will receive funds of VND 5 trillion ($240 million) for the upgrade. A new 3 km runway is planned, as well as a new passenger terminal and an air traffic control tower. Once completed next year, this airport will be able to accommodate large aircrafts such as Boeing 747. Passenger capacity will be increased up to two million per year, with 20,000 tons of cargo.
Additionally, a brand-new highway, the most modern road in Vietnam, is also being developed between Hanoi and Haiphong. The project started in 2008, and is to be finished by the end of this year. The highway with 6 lanes is 105 km long, and will reduce the traveling time between the two cities from previous 2.5 hours to just under an hour, as it will allow maximum speed of 120 km/h. When finished, the highway will present a vital link to the Haiphong International Gateway Port, the busiest port in the north of Vietnam.
These new infrastructure projects will ease the distribution and logistic operations for the whole region while also helping it becoming more competitive and attractive for future economic development. Furthermore, direct beneficiaries of the new road transport system will be companies operating in Haiphong’s Ding Vu/Deep C Industrial Zone, due to its proximity to the state-of-the-art highway.