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Vietnam Airlines to build aviation logistics center in Can Tho

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will earmark 27ha of land for Vietnam Airlines to build an aviation logistics center, Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam has said.

In a meeting with leaders of Vietnam Airlines in Can Tho city on June 13, Nam said the site was next to Can Tho International Airport.

After the project is approved, the city will complete procedures to give land to the carrier, he said while affirming the city will create the most favourable conditions to support Vietnam Airlines to build the logistics center.

Deputy CEO of Vietnam Airlines Trinh Hong Quang said the aviation logistics center project has an estimated investment capital of 82.9 million USD. It will be divided into three phases from this year to 2024, playing the role of cargo terminal, leasing space for services and distribution of goods.

Together with the construction of the center, Quang said the carrier will open more routes from Can Tho to other destinations in Vietnam and foreign countries.

Quang said Can Tho is the economic driving force of the Mekong Delta, having a favourable position connected to Ho Chi Minh City and localities in the southwest region.

While the demand for e-commerce is growing dramatically, Vietnam Airlines believes that investment in building an aviation logistics center in Can Tho will not only promote the development of logistics services for the whole region, but also contribute to reducing overload for Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh international airports in the future, Quang said.

According to Director of Can Tho Industry and Trade Department Nguyen Minh Toai, the aviation logistics center will help boost the sales of local agro-products and seafood in other areas of Vietnam, meeting the demand of many businesses.

Statistics showed that the region’s export volume is nearly 18 million tonnes per year, of which 70-80 percent is transported to HCM City and southeast provinces before being shipped to other places. Can Tho city has an annual export volume of about 800,000 tonnes of rice and about 170,000 tonnes of aquatic products. - VNA/VNP