Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh to operate its first flight in December 2018
11 December 2018
Van Don International Airport (VDO) in Quang Ninh, a northern province in Vietnam, will operate its first flight in December 2018. The CAT II airport, which features a 3.6-km runway, promises airlines and passengers a world-class experience. ADB SAFEGATE is the airport’s sole airfield lighting solutions provider, and will help the airport achieve safer, more efficient and environment-friendly airfield operations. “Van Don International Airport envisions being a gateway to Vietnam’s north, connecting to industrial zones, and tourist spots like Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO wonder,” said Christian Onselaere, CEO of ADB SAFEGATE. The airport will connect international and domestic passengers to 13 industrial zones, and 17 harbours. Located in the only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the northern province of Quang Ninh, and part of the Hanoi–Haiphong–Quang Ninh economic triangle, it will help boost regional and international trade and tourism. Vietnam Airlines signed a strategic agreement in January 2018 to extend its route network to and from VDO. ADB SAFEGATE has delivered and installed its LED airfield ground lighting (AGL) at VDO for various applications including runway, taxiway, approach, stop-bars and PAPI, as well as its airfield lighting control and monitoring system (ALCMS) and power systems such as the MCR3 regulator. In addition to performing better, particularly in low visibility conditions, LED airfield lights are more sustainable thanks to their lower energy consumption, long life and lower maintenance costs. Airports benefit from less downtime and safer airfield operations and are able to optimize capacity and throughput. In addition to this, ADB SAFEGATE has completed testing and commissioning, and provided the necessary support for the airport’s first calibration flight which took place in July 2018.