Simple Flying - Jake Hardiman
The project will allow the facility to increase its capacity by a factor of five.
Situated on Con Son Island, Con Dao Airport (VCS) serves the Vietnamese archipelago of the same name. The facility just off the country's south coast handles domestic flights to a variety of destinations, but its operations are limited by its size. As such, it has planned a temporary closure to facilitate an expansion.
As per a helpful tip-off by Simple Flying reader Dinh Van Nguyen, Vietnamese outlet VTV has reported that, as part of a plan made by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Con Dao Airport will close next April. It plans to remain inactive for the rest of 2023, with the nine-month dormant period allowing work to take place.
This will ultimately enable the facility to increase its annual capacity to 2 million passengers per year, some five times more than it presently handles. A key factor in this will be upgrading the airport in a manner that allows it to handle larger narrowbody twinjets, such as the Airbus A320 and A321.