Ho Chi Minh City Plans To Open Second Airport

Planning and Investment Minister, Bui Quang Vinh, says five serious issues regarding the proposed Long Thanh airport in Dong Nai province should be clarified before the project is submitted to the National Assembly for approval.

Long Thanh is intended to become operational by 2020.

Long Thanh is intended to become operational by 2020.

The proposed airport will be built at Dong Nai’s Long Thanh district to help meet an increasing demand for travel to Ho Chi Minh City, to relieve pressure on Tan Son Nhat airport that has already exceeded its peak passenger capacity.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport was projected to handle 13 million passengers a year by 2015, but it has already exceeded 20 million.

Minister Vinh, the chairman of the State Verification Council for the Long Thanh International Airport Project, told local media that there were five major issues that needed to be clarified.

“Do we really need this project is the first question that needs to be answered,” he said.

“Secondly, it is necessary to clarify why the airport needs 5,000 hectares and is the maximum 100 million passengers per year capacity target reasonable.

“Then there has to be a clear policy on land links between Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh airports to ensure we do not waste resources. We will need to use both airports.”

The minister also asked for more details on costs.

Finally, he said it would have to be made clear how the new airport would be connected to major towns and cities.

Based on the outcome of the next meeting of policy makers, the council will make a report on the project to the government, which will then be submitted to the project investment policy to the National Assembly.

According to the Airport Corporation of Vietnam, the total investment in the Long Thanh airport project will be US$7.817 billion, including US$730 million on land recovery that will require the relocation of around 1,500 households.

Under the plan, the first phase (2015 to 2020) will feature two runways, taxiways, aircraft parking zones and two terminals.

In the second phase, another runway will be built and passenger capacity doubled, with cargo capacity increasing to 1.5 million tonnes by 2030.

In the third phase, the airport will have four runways to handle 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo.

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