A boatman on Na Hang Lake as part of the Na Hang-Lam Binh Nature Reserve in Tuyen Quang Province. Photo of Le Cao Hai
The northern province of Tuyen Quang wants its project to build an airport near a tourist site to be added to the national aviation development plan.
The Na Hang airport would be built in two phases under a public-private partnership to boost economic and tourism development in Tuyen Quang, provincial authorities said in a proposal to the transport ministry.
The 350-hectare airport will be located near Na Hang-Lam Binh Nature Reserve, a special national tourist site.
Located in a remote forest along the banks of the Gam and Nang rivers, the reserve is home to magnificent caves and a diverse ecosystem with many endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Tokin snub-nosed monkey.
Several provinces have recently applied for permission to build airports to promote economic growth, including the northern province of Son La and Ninh Binh, the central province of Ha Tinh and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The country currently has 22 civilian airports, including 10 international air hubs, with Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai in Hanoi being the two largest.