Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has ordered the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to make sure the design for Long Thanh International Airport’s terminal building is compatible with the overall concept for the airport.
Vietnam Investment Review reported that the minister insisted the terminal design had to take into consideration the specific characteristics that have already been drawn into the blueprints for Long Thanh International Airport.
He also insisted there should be no more delays in completing studies and designs now that the government has given the project the green light.
The Long Thanh airport project was approved by the National Assembly in June 2015. Once implemented, the airport will be able to handle 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of freight per year.
The project has been divided into three phases. The first phase, due to be completed in 2025, will have a capacity of 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of freight per year and will include the construction of a runway, a terminal and supporting infrastructure.
The project’s funding is expected to come from the state budget, Official Development Assistance, corporate investment, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and other sources.
Long Thanh Airport, located in the southern Dong Nai province, is set to become the largest airport in Vietnam.
The airport will ultimately take over the lead role from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport. But it is almost certain that there will be a long spell when both airports are fully operational until Long Thanh completes its second and third phases.
Tan Son Nhat handles around 20 million passengers a year and will be heavily congested by 2017, when passenger traffic could exceed the maximum capacity of 25 million.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam plans to expand Ho Chi Minh City airport to reduce traffic congestion by 2020. According to the plan the airport will be expanded from 590 hectares to 598.11 hectares in order to increase airport aprons to 54 from the current 40.