Phu Quoc Island Airport: from military air base to modern air hub
Boiling on the island of Phu Quoc trade led to the fact that there was a need to build an airport, which the French carried out in 1930. It was small, was a one-story building and a runway 996 m long.
History of the airport construction
During the Vietnam War, the Americans used the airport of Fr. 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 40,000 people there.
The growth of the economy of Vietnam and the development of trade on the island led to the need to increase the airport runway to 1,496 m. Another important milestone in development was its significant increase in 1993. At the same time, a taxiway with a length of 148.5 m was built and an area of 120×60 m was added for aircraft parking.
Reconstruction continued in 1995. The 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 US dollars. A new runway has been put in operation, capable of receiving medium-class passenger airliners Airbus A350, Boeing 747. Its size is 3000×50 m. The airport with its entire infrastructure covers an area of 8 sq. Km. km. Its capacity is more than 7 million passengers a year. Tourists, arriving on the island from all over the world, are met by a modern aerial node.
Where is the airport
The new airport is located in the center of. Phu Quoc, 10 km from the existing local airport Phu Quoc.
Code (IATA): PQC. CAO code: VVPQ.
Address: city commune-community Zyongdong (island district of Phu Quoc, province of Kyenyang).
Time zone GMT (winter /summer): + 7 /+ 7.
Geographical coordinates: latitude (10.17), longitude (103.99).
Unfortunately, you can still get to the island only by charter flights as part of organized tours from major Russian cities. The option is possible, when tourists arrive to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City by regular flights. Information can be requested, for example, at https://www.skyscanner.ru . And only then use the services of local airlines flying in this direction.
“Vietnam Airlines” carry out flights to Phu Quoc to the city:
- Ho Chi Minh City;
Routes vary depending on the season. Prices for air tickets from local carriers are quite democratic. Using their services, you can make travel to other parts of Vietnam. Also there is an opportunity to visit neighboring countries.
Let’s take as an example the route from Moscow to. Phu Quoc with transfer to Hanoi. Direct regular flight of Aeroflot from Moscow:
- departure at 20.10 (Sheremetyevo), arrival at 9.00 (Hanoi). The flight time is approximately 9 hours.
For tourists from Russia, a visa to Vietnam is not required if the time spent in the country is not more than 15 days. Upon arrival, the passport is stamped on arrival in the country, indicating the date by which to leave Vietnam.
At the exit from the building there is a shuttle bus stop, which will be taken to the terminal servicing domestic flights. The journey takes less than 10 minutes. The fare on the shuttle or on the bus number 86 (its stop is located there, on the left side of the exit from the airport) is about 30-50 VND. In the terminal of local airlines we pass to the reception desk. We show the passport and ticket (you can electronic). We pass all the usual procedures, as in any other airport.
In case of successful passage of all procedures it is quite realistic to catch a flight of the company Vietjetair:
- departure at 11.20 (Hanoi), arriving at 13.30 (Phu Quoc Island).
You can choose another flight:
- departure at 15.45 (Hanoi), arriving at 17.55 (Phu Quoc Island).
You can fly away the next day:
- departure at 7.05 (Hanoi), arriving at 09.15 (Phu Quoc Island).
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 reach the arrival zone by bus. After a short stay there, while airport employees unload their luggage, you can change the currency in the ATM. On the island, this will make it more difficult.
To get to the hotel, you can take a taxi at the exit from the airport or pre-book a transfer to the hotel.
In Vietnam, moto taxi is very popular. If you have a little baggage, then you can safely ride it – it’s cheaper than a conventional 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 do not hesitate to bargain. Directions by taxi – from 13000 VND for 1 km by the meter 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 travel including by bicycle.
Its layout is standard for modern airports. There are air conditioners, light and clean. The toilet rooms are equipped with changing tables. It is also adapted for people with disabilities.
From the second floor of the terminal you can see a panorama of the runway and the vicinity of the airport. Expect your flight in one of the cozy modern cafes, while spending time drinking a wonderful Vietnamese coffee. Wi-Fi is free here.
At the airport, you can also buy a card from the Internet kiosk. Mobifone, Vinaphone and Viettel are the leading mobile operators in Vietnam. There is no internal roaming in the country. That is, by purchasing a sim card, for example, in Ho Chi Minh City, you can use it at the same cost and on the island. The quality of the Internet throughout Vietnam is very good.
At any point in the waiting room, an online scoreboard is clearly visible. The time on it is local.
The chosen style is typical for all modern airports in Vietnam. Being inside the terminal, it is impossible to identify this place by some special signs. Inscriptions are everywhere in Vietnamese and English.
A lot of shops offer to buy souvenirs.
At the airport, due to the spacious halls and halls, there is no feeling of congestion. There are two types of waiting rooms: economy class and with soft chairs, shower and rest rooms. The Lounge is available for a fee, you need to buy a pass at the entrance.
It is important that waiting rooms are not used for overnight stays. If there is a need, it is better to use the services of the nearest hotels.
Airport Information Service
For any questions, you can contact the airport inquiry service, including the rental of a baby stroller and currency exchange. Right in the kiosk you can rent a car, solve the problem of staying in nearby hotels. They will also explain the policies of airlines flying to. Phu Quoc. In particular, you can find out about the rules of baggage transportation, requirements for hand luggage, meals on board, etc. Naturally, the help desk staff will help you figure out the flight schedule.
For information on flights, you can also use the Internet.
The board indicates that the following companies are flying to the island:
- Vietnam Airlines: ( https://www.vietnamairlines.com/ )
- 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://en.flyasiana.com/C/ru/main.do )
Essentially, you can save money by buying a ticket in advance on the company’s website. The difference in the cost of travel documents purchased for a month and a week before departure may be 30%.