Second Ho Chi Minh airport planned
- Published: 20/08/2013 at 11:53 AM
- Online news:
A new, second airport in Ho Chi Minh City is necessary to ease traffic congestion at the existing airport in the commercial hub in south Vietnam, the Vietnamese Transport Ministry has said.
Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is projected to reach its full capacity of 25 million passengers in 2020. (Lưu Ly / Wikipedia)
The ministry's report sent to the government favoured the construction of a new Long Thanh airport instead of expanding the capacity of Tan Son Nhat, Vietnam News reported.
Construction of the new airport, which would be about 40 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, is estimated to cost US$8 billion (248 billion baht). It would be on an area of 5,000 hectares designed to handle up to 100 million passengers a year.
Le Trong Sanh, the former chief of the Tan Son Nhat airport management department, and former pilot Mai Trong Tuan had questioned the need for a new airport in comments to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. He argued it is an unnecessary investment for the state as the present airport has the potential to increase its capacity.
But the ministry countered in the report to the premier that Tan Son Nhat, which is about six kilometres north of the city centre, would be overloaded after 2020 when it is projected to reach its maximum passenger handling capacity of 25 million. The airport recorded 17 million visitors last year, the Vietnamese English-language daily said.
The new airport construction project was approved by the Vietnamese prime minister.
The first phase of the new airport could begin next year with completion in 2020.