Da Nang - Vietnam's first urban airport?

"The atmosphere at Da Nang airport makes me feel very comfortable. It is a great potential to form Da Nang airport urban" - Director of Airport Research and Strategy of NACO Group (Netherlands).


On the morning of April 10, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam and Da Nang City People's Committee jointly organized a workshop on "Model of Dutch Port Development and Exploitation". In particular, the issue of "Da Nang urban airport land use plan" is totally interested by many delegates!


What is Urban airport?


A group of experts from both public and private economic sectors in the field of major development port (airport city, seaport city, smart city) was invited by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam to attend the meeting. The workshop is of sharing the concept of "Main Port" based on their experiences and practical achievements in the Netherlands and worldwide.


Along with providing a lot of information about "Amsterdam Schipol Airport Port, the economic dynamics of Amsterdam City and Region", international experts have also focused on planning to develop new seaports in Da Nang, especially the urban land use plan of Da Nang airport, which connects urban, social, recreational and economic activities around multimodal transport nodes; priority sectors and zoning...


According to Mr. Kris Pauwels, Director of Airport Research and Strategy of NACO Group (Netherlands) is specializing in airport planning, designing and airport urban planning, the airport is a very crowded place for people and goods to transport from one place to another. Maybe people come to the airport by car, train... then get on board the plane to go to another place.


“In the process, many people want to use the airport services. So NACO creates facilities such as hotels, shopping centers, offices and many other service activities, which brings huge revenues and profits, and also creates what we call the Urban Area, which is globally competitive!” - Mr. Kris Pauwels explained.


More generally, Dr. Ngo Viet Nam Son (USA), with more than 30 years of international experience in design consulting, architectural planning in Asia and North America, said airport urban was a sub-region urban areas, in which the central area included airports and urban construction clusters with diverse functions, are planned for sustainable development in close relation with airport development. Currently many places in the world such as New Zealand, Sydney (Australia), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany)... have formed the airport urban very successfully.


According to Kris Pauwels, the "airport urban" model helps between developing cities and developing "mutual benefit" airports. One of the economic impacts of the airport urban model is to benefit the airport; Besides, the area around the airport also benefited greatly, first of all from jobs directly related to airports, aviation and indirect industries (restaurants, hotels, entertainment centers, banks, consultants...) created by airports.


Mr. Kris Pauwels and Prof. Dr. Ngo Viet Nam Son discussed at the seminar organized by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam and the People's Committee of Da Nang City on April 10 morning (Photo: HC)


What is the most difficult thing to form Danang urban airport?


"I went to Danang last night and I told my colleagues that I was like taking a break and not going to work, because the air at Da Nang airport made me feel very comfortable. That is a great potential to form Da Nang airport urban area. At the same time, Da Nang is aiming to develop logistics industry, IT industry, education... these are very important sectors for airport urban development!


Urban airports will create Danang a competitive position in the region and globally. At the same time, the integration of land use will require a seamless connection of city planning and airports, which can focus on areas, sectors and sectors to create advantages. Thirdly, Da Nang airport city can play a driving force for economic development in the region, creating more jobs for people!” - Mr. Kris Pauwels said.


Dr. Ngo Viet Nam Son said that in 2017, he had a tour and exchanged experiences with leaders of airport management agencies and international airport design consultancy agencies at Charles de Gaule Airport and Orly (Paris, France), Frankfurt (Germany), Schiphol (Amsterdam, Netherlands). At that time, international experts gave the most general view about airport cities.


Accordingly, urban airport development is and will be a future development trend, due to bringing positive economic, social, environmental and identity benefits to the whole region, especially in the fierce competition between airports around the world and pure airline income is not enough to cover the costs without the support of income from multi-function commercial services.


“In order to develop an urban airport plan in Vietnam, in which Da Nang is likely to be a pioneering city nationwide, the most difficult issue today is not a matter of engineering and construction planning or the project feasibility issues, which are the willingness to innovate thinking and the will to resolve to change the old mechanism to better suit the advanced trend, public-private partnership in the country and the country. In addition, in the market economy to jointly implement the urban project of Da Nang airport of all branches and levels!” - PhD student Ngo Viet Nam Son stated.


Development orientation of Da Nang to 2030, vision of 2045


At the seminar, Architect Bui Huy Tri, Head of Urban Development Department (Da Nang Construction Department) gave an overview of the current situation, needs and development directions of the ports in Da Nang (including Da Nang National Airport, Tien Sa Port, Lien Chieu Port planning, auxiliary infrastructure systems such as industrial zones, logistics, high-tech zones - IT, railways, highways, national highways, main roads in the city) concerned with the general planning orientation of Da Nang city.


Architect Bui Huy Tri stated that Danang's view is to develop the city towards an ecological, modern, smart, international city with its own identity; fast and sustainable economic development, considering improving the quality of life of people at high levels is a key task; focusing on 3 main pillars: tourism, high-tech industry and marine economy; ensuring national defense, security, island sovereignty, social order and safety.


He said that the goal of 2030 is to build Danang becomes one of the major socio-economic centers of the whole country and Southeast Asia as a center for start-up, innovation, tourism, trade, finance, logistics, high-tech industry, IT, supporting industries. The average growth rate of GRDP in the period of 2021 - 2030 reached over 12%/year.


“The goal of 2030 is to complete the construction of a smart urban area to synchronize with smart urban networks in ASEAN and the ASEAN region. Vision to 2045 Danang City becomes a big, ecological and smart city, a center of start-up, innovation and marine city worth living to reach Asian level! ”- Bui Huy Tri emphasized.


According to Hai Chau