23 Oct 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV and NACO are taking part in the joint Dutch-Vietnamese Government programme to cooperate on aviation and airport development in Vietnam. The country is experiencing growing demand for domestic air travel as well as connectivity in regional and global markets. On 24 October 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Director Lai Xuan Thanh and Royal HaskoningDHV Director and NACO Chairman Craig Huntbatch, representing the Partners for International Business Programme ‘Dutch Aviation Vietnam’.

Signing Ceremony, Memorandum of Understanding on Netherlands – Viet Nam Civil Aviation Cooperation

Signing Ceremony, Memorandum of Understanding on Netherlands – Viet Nam Civil Aviation Cooperation. From left: Vietnam Vice Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat, Royal HaskoningDHV Director Craig Huntbatch, Dutch Vice Minister for Foreign Trade Marten van den Berg, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Director Lai Xuan Thanh, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster.

Aviation plays a major role in the economic development of Vietnam. Recent policy changes towards a more liberalised domestic market and innovative partnership between the state and the private sector aim to develop Vietnam’s aviation infrastructure into a regional hub for both passengers and cargo. Vietnam Airlines, a SkyTeam member, has ambitious plans to become a major force on the global aviation stage.

Vietnam Gateway to ASEAN

“The partnership between the Dutch and Vietnamese airlines, airports and aviation service providers will contribute to Vietnam’s ambition to become a regional hub for both passenger and cargo services,” says Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nienke Trooster. “Where the Netherlands has the Port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to make it the gateway to Europe, Vietnam has the potential to develop into the gateway to ASEAN.”

Dutch Aviation Vietnam (DAV) Cluster

Under the leadership of NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), a group of Dutch companies representing the Netherlands’ expertise in civil aviation research and development, education, management and operations is participating in the programme referred to as ‘Dutch Aviation Vietnam’ (DAV). This cluster includes NACO and InterVISTAS, both companies of Royal HaskoningDHV, and Vanderlande, Netherlands Aerospace Group, STRATAGEM, Districon, Ciconia Aviation Services, MovingDot and Avia.

Transfer of know-how and capacity building

The DAV cluster, together with experts from the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, will organise the dedicated transfer of know-how for attracting and managing private investment for financing, development and operation of large civil (airport) infrastructure projects, for example the new greenfield project of Long Thanh. The programme includes a large component of capacity building for the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Vietnam Air Traffic Management, Vietnamese airlines, MRO and pilot training providers.

“The entire South East Asian region is an important region for aviation development due to the growth in travel. Vietnam is of particular importance, because of the high GDP growth and the recent signing of trade agreements with the EU and US. This will accelerate the flow of travel and tourism which means that airport infrastructure will need to be adapted in parallel to meet this demand,” says NACO Chairman, Craig Huntbatch.

Royal HaskoningDHV's commitment to serving the Vietnamese market is underlined by its participation in the DAV cluster and the appointment of NACO as the cluster leader and overall programme coordinator.

Royal HaskoningDHV began its work in Vietnam in 1985 when it was appointed by the World Bank/UNDP to undertake the emergency rehabilitation of a sea dyke destroyed by a typhoon. Since then, the company has developed into a strong local market player and a strategic hub for Royal HaskoningDHV operations in South East Asia.

NACO has been active in South East Asia since the 1970s in the planning and design of airports in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and in Vietnam since the 2000s. NACO’s aviation services will complement Royal HaskoningDHV’s service portfolio and capabilities in Vietnam.

“Royal HaskoningDHV is proud to be involved in Vietnam’s leading infrastructure projects and equally proud of the contributions we have made during the last 30 years. These projects have not only demonstrated our engineering capabilities and expertise in, for example, Industry and Maritime development, but more importantly have contributed to improving the living conditions for many people in the country through the provision of clean and safe drinking water, flood protection and wastewater treatment to prevent water-borne diseases,” added Lars Crombach, Royal HaskoningDHV Vietnam’s Managing Director. “We believe our involvement in this programme will support safe, secure and sustainable civil aviation so we can continue enhancing society together.”