(VOV) – Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group will invest US$74 million in a project to build Nongkhang airport in Houaphan province. A spokesperson for the Lao Ministry of Construction confirmed on June 16 that representatives of the Lao Ministry and the Vietnamese Group have signed an airport building contract in Vientiane. Under the contract, HAGL Group will build the airport which is designed to accommodate large planes such as ATR72s and FOK-KER70s. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Located in north Laos, Houaphan was considered the country’s capital of war resistance during wartime. Today, its transportation and communication with capital Vientiane remain in difficulty.