In recent years Phu Quoc Airport has seen a huge surge in capacity as the island continues to develop as a popular tourist destination. The island is now home to Vietnam’s fifth largest airport. Vietnam Airlines, VietJet and Jetstar provide 17 flights per day from Saigon to Phu Quoc. The airport was built in 2012 on nearly 900 hectares of land near to Duong To Village, at a cost of around US$810 million. It is 10 km from the previous one, which it replaced.
In the two years following the opening of the new airport, Phu Quoc’s seat capacity more than doubled, driven by the launch of new services from Vietnam’s two low cost carriers, Jetstar Pacific and VietJet. On top of this came the expansion from the national carrier Vietnam Airlines.
In December 2014 Phu Quoc Airport was added to the list of Vietnam’s international airports when Vietnam Airlines launched flights to both Singapore and Cambodia’s Siem Reap. It is expected that Phu Quoc International Airport will attract more new services including, hopefully, flights from foreign carriers. It already receives a limited number of international charter services.
Phu Quoc International Airport currently sees 218 weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Can Tho and Rach Gia providing about 34,000 weekly seats. The only Vietnamese airports now bigger than the island’s are Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang and Nha Trang.