Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the launching ceremony (Source: VNA)
These infrastructural facilities have a combined investment capital of over VND20 trillion (over USD860 million) invested by the private investor, Sun Group.
Construction on Van Don International Airport started in 2015 on 288 hectares in Doan Ket commune, Van Don district. It is the first airport in Vietnam to operate under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model at a cost of VND7.46 trillion.
The airport is capable of catering for Boeing 787, 777, and Airbus A350, A320. It is designed to have annual capacity of 2-2.5 million passengers by 2020, which will increase to five million by 2030.
The airport is set to receive 500,000 passenger arrivals/departures in the first year of operation.
Meanwhile, the Hon Gai International Passenger Terminal, located on Bai Chay, Ha Long city, was built under the private-public partnership form between Sun Group and Quang Ninh province at a cost of 1.03 trillion VND.
It was designed to have a 524-m quay that is able to receive two cruise ships with capacity of up to 225,000 GT with passengers totalling 8,460, including the crew, at the same time.
The port provides a five-star three-storey terminal covering 7,600 square meters and a harbor serving 250 tourist boats carrying visitors to world heritage site Ha Long Bay.
To connect the airport and the port, the Ha Long-Van Don Expressway, built at a cost of VND11.85 trillion, was put into service. It helps shorten the travel time from Ha Long to Van Don to 50 minutes from the current 90 minutes.
Together with the Ha Long-Hai Phong highway, which opened to traffic in September 9th, 2018, the Ha Long-Van Don Expressway stretching over 59 km, creates traffic connections in the economic triangle axis of Hanoi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh and form the Ha Noi-Hai Phong-Ha Long-Van Don-Mong Cai expressway route, contributing to easing traffic flow on the National Highway 18. It will reduce the travel time from Hanoi to Van Don to 2 hours and a half from the current 5 hours.
Addressing the ceremony, PM Phuc reiterated the Party and State viewpoints regarding the attraction of private investments into developing infrastructural facilities and asked cities and provinces nationwide to study these projects for application in their localities, especially in the context that State resources remain limited.
He said these facilities will help Quang Ninh strongly develop tourism, which is its spearhead economic sector.
He hailed the provincial authorities for their bold mindset in allowing private investors to join in developing major infrastructural facilities, turning the province into the fourth largest contributor of the State budget.
The leader asked the local government and Sun Group to work together to develop services in these facilities to draw more tourists, operate these facilities safely, and complete auxiliary works to maximize the efficiency of these freshly-operated facilities.
Reasserting the importance of the 10th Party Central Committee Resolution on developing the private economy, the Government leader asked competent agencies at all levels to work to turn the private economy into an important driver of the national economy.
Competent agencies need to encourage and provide all possible conditions for the private economy to grow in a fast, sustainable, and diverse manner in terms of quality, scale and number, and eliminate all huddles and preconceptions for the private economy to develop healthily in all sectors and fields that are not banned by laws, he said./.