Following the announcement that it is considering starting a new dedicated cargo unit to tap into the growing market for domestically manufactured electronics and consumer goods (CargoForwarder, May 7, 2018), Vietnam Airlines has now revealed that it plans to build a logistics centre in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho this year.
VietnamNet quoted Deputy General Director Trinh Hong Quang as saying last week that the 30ha centre will be built next to Can Tho International Airport to meet the increasing demand of goods transportation by international and domestic airlines, with a capacity of transporting at least 600,000 tonnes of goods per year.
Along with the construction of the logistics centre, Quang said the airline will open new routes from Can Tho city to other destinations in the country and abroad.
He added that tVietnam Airlines currently has three logistics centres at Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang international airports, but due to space constraints, it was difficult to expand these centres.
Cargo throughput at Can Tho International Airport is currently a modest 4,200 tonnes per year, while shipments of agricultural and aquatic products and other goods from Can Tho to Tan Son Nhat International Airport is 150 tonnes per day.
Vietnam Airlines will cooperate with Can Tho city to complete procedures soon and is expected to receive an investment license in August.
Nol van Fenema