VIETNAM’S Van Don International Airport became operational last month, located in the Quang Ninh Province which is home to the country’s popular and picturesque cruise destination, Halong Bay.

The airport is located only 50km away from the UNESCO World Heritage site, within close reach of visitors who can now travel to Halong Bay via a 90-minute bus or taxi ride.

Previously, travellers would have to fly into Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport and make arrangements to undertake a four-hour bus journey in order to reach the destination.

The new aviation hub will service international and domestic flights, supporting the Vietnamese Government’s overarching plan to operate 13 international and 15 domestic airports by 2023. Over the next five years, Vietnam plans to invest at least US$3 billion to build six new airports across the country and modernise existing facilities.

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