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Van Don in Vietnam named the world's leading new airport

Van Don International Airport in northeast Vietnam has been named 'World's Leading New Airport 2019' at the 26th annual World Travel Awards (WTA).

This is only the second year WTA has presented an award for this category, which assesses a new airport's performance based on the overall design, service quality and passengers' satisfaction, and how the complete passenger experience is complimented through the implementation of new technologies.

The aesthetic design of Van Don, developed by Sun Group in Quang Ninh province, is said to have been inspired by the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, and has impressed travellers along with its "harmonious use of green spaces".

"We are honoured and grateful to be chosen as the 'World's Leading New Airport 2019'," said airport director, Pham Ngoc Sau.

Sau, speaking at the awards ceremony in Muscat, Oman, added: "This award is a strong motivation for us, and we will continue our efforts to deliver gold-standard service to all of the passengers arriving and departing every day."

In its first eleven months of operations, Van Don International Airport has welcomed a total of 1,796 flights and around 235,000 passengers.

Currently the airport has four direct international routes from China and Korea, and two domestic routes from Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City in Central Vietnam.

More flights from China, Japan and Thailand will be added by the end of 2019, and domestic operations are also scheduled for expansion with flights from other provinces and cities to be added.

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