Phu Quoc Island Airport: From the Air Force Base to the Modern Air Hub
The booming trade on the island of Phu Quoc caused the need to build an airport, as the French did in 1930. It was small, it was a one-story building and a runway 996 meters long.
The history of the construction of the airport on. Phu Quoc
During the Vietnam War, Americans used the airport about. Phu Quoc as a military air base. The island itself was actually turned into a prison for Vietnamese prisoners of war. According to some estimates, there were 40 thousand people there.
The growth of Vietnam’s economy and the development of trade on the island led to the need to increase the runway of the airport to 1,496 m. At the same time, a taxiway 148.5 m long was built and an area of 120×60 m was added for aircraft parking.
The reconstruction continued in 1995. A new building of the main passenger terminal of the airport was commissioned.
The amount spent on the last reconstruction amounted to more than $ 970 million. A new runway was commissioned, capable of receiving passenger liners of the middle class Airbus A350, Boeing 747. Its size is 3000×50 m. The airport, with all its infrastructure, covers an area of 8 square meters km Its capacity is more than 7 million passengers a year. Tourists arriving on the island from all over the world are greeted by a modern airbase.
Where is the airport
The new airport is located in the center of. Phu Quoc, 10 km from the existing local airport of Phu Quoc.
Code (IATA): Pqc. CAO code: VVPQ.
Address: Duong Dong City Commune (Phu Quoc Island, Kienziang Province).
All times are GMT (winter / summer): + 7 / + 7.
Geographical coordinates: latitude (10.17), longitude (103.99).
Unfortunately, the island can only be reached by charter flights as part of organized tours from major Russian cities. It is possible that tourists fly to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City by regular flights. Information can be requested, for example, on the website skyscanner.ru. And only then use the services of local airlines flying in this direction.
“Vietnam Airlines” (Vietnam Airlines) carry out flights on about. Phu Quoc from the following Vietnamese cities:
- Ho Chi Minh City;
Routes vary depending on the season. The prices for air tickets at local carriers are rather democratic. Using their services, you can travel to other parts of Vietnam. It is also possible to visit the neighboring countries.
We give as an example the route from Moscow on about. Phu Quoc with a transfer in Hanoi. Direct Aeroflot scheduled flight from Moscow:
- departure at 10.10 pm (Sheremetyevo), arrival at 9.00 am (Hanoi). Flight time is approximately 9 hours.
For tourists from Russia, a visa to Vietnam is not required if the stay in the country is not more than 15 days. Upon arrival, a passport is placed in the passport, indicating the date before which to leave Vietnam.
At the exit of the building there is a stop for shuttles that will take you to the terminal serving domestic flights. The road will take no more than 10 minutes. The fare on the shuttle or bus number 86 (its stop is located there, on the left side of the exit from the airport) about 30-50 VND. In the terminal of local airlines we pass to the registration desk. We show the passport and the ticket (it is possible electronic). We undergo all the usual procedures, as in any other airport.
In case of successful completion of all procedures, it is quite realistic to catch a flight of the Vietjetair company:
- departure at 11.20 (Hanoi), arrival at 13.30 (Phu Quoc Island).
You can choose another flight:
- departure at 15.45 (Hanoi), arrival at 17.55 (Phu Quoc Island).
You can fly the next day:
- departure at 7.05 (Hanoi), arrival at 09.15 (about. Phu Quoc).
Arrival at the airport and transfer
The plane lands on the runway, surrounded by bright green hills. As in any more or less large airport, passengers are invited to get to the arrival area by bus. Having stayed there for a while, while airport workers unload their luggage, you can change the currency at an ATM. On the island it will be more difficult to do.
To reach the hotel, you can take a taxi at the exit from the airport or pre-book a transfer to the hotel.
In Vietnam, motorcycle taxis are popular. If you have a little luggage, then you can safely ride on it – it is cheaper than a regular car.
The island is small in size, the popular Long Beach is 7 km from the airport.
The transfer fee should not exceed 100-200 VND. So feel free to bargain. Travel by taxi – from 13,000 VND per 1 km over the counter or as agreed with the driver.
It is also possible to rent a car with a driver or a bike. On the island it is convenient to move, including cycling.
Its layout is standard for modern airports. There are air conditioners, light and clean. Toilet rooms are equipped with changing tables. It is adapted for people with disabilities.
From the second floor of the terminal opens a panorama of the runway and the vicinity of the airport. You can wait for your flight in one of the cozy modern cafes, while spending time over a cup of wonderful Vietnamese coffee. Wi-Fi is free here.
At the airport, you can also buy a card at an online kiosk. Mobifone, Vinaphone and Viettel are the leading mobile operators in Vietnam. Domestic roaming in the country does not exist. That is, buying a SIM card, for example, in Ho Chi Minh City, you can use it at the same cost on the island. The quality of the Internet throughout Viet Nam is very good.
At any point in the waiting room is clearly visible online scoreboard. The time on it is local.
The style chosen is typical of all modern airports in Vietnam. Being inside the terminal, it is impossible to identify this place by some special features. Inscriptions everywhere in Vietnamese and English.
Many shops offer to buy souvenirs.
At the airport due to the spacious halls and halls does not create a feeling of congestion. Waiting rooms here are of two types: economy class and with soft chairs, shower and rest rooms. The superior room is available for a fee, you need to purchase a pass at the entrance.
It is important that waiting rooms are not used for overnight stays. If the need arises, it is better to use the services of nearby hotels.
Airport Information Desk
For any questions, you can contact the airport information service, up to the rental of the pram and currency exchange. Right in the kiosk you can rent a car, to solve the issue of living in nearby hotels. It also explains the policy of airlines flying on about. Phu Quoc. In particular, you can learn about baggage allowances, hand baggage requirements, food on board, etc. Naturally, help desk staff will help to deal with flight schedules.
The board indicated that the following companies are now flying to the island:
- Vietnam Airlines: (https://www.vietnamairlines/)
- Vietjet Air (https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home)
- China Southern (http://www.csair.com/en/)
- Jetstar Pacific Airlines (http://www.jetstar.com/vn/en/home)
- Asiana Airlines (http://ru.flyasiana.com/C/ru/main.do)
You can significantly save money by purchasing a ticket in advance on the company’s website. The difference in the cost of travel documents purchased a month and a week before departure may be 30%.