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Govt urges quick plan for Tan Son Nhat Airport expansion
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Wednesday,  Jan 10, 2018,23:14 (GMT+7)

Govt urges quick plan for Tan Son Nhat Airport expansion

Le Anh

The arrival area at Tan Son Nhat International Airport is always crowded with people welcoming their family and friends - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – The Government has urged relevant agencies to quickly complete a plan to expand Tan Son Nhat Airport, which should take into consideration all possible scenarios to raise the airport’s annual capacity to 70 million passengers. The plan must be sent to the Government prior to next Monday. 

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung asked the Ministry of Transport to direct ADP-I Engineering, a French consulting firm, to include all feasible options for the airport expansion to both north and south of the airport, meaning the controversial golf course in the airport could be closed down. The consultant needs to clarify the need to enlarge and improve the airport to ease the rising overload at the airport and meet the demand for air transport, and the project to expand and upgrade the airport could be fast-tracked for completion within one to two years.

The airport expansion must take into account the development of other airports in the southern region, especially Long Thanh International Airport scheduled to be put into operation in 2025.

Deputy PM Dung told the Ministry of Transport to analyze the cost-effectiveness of a scheme to expand the airport southward compared to the northward expansion, with factors like total investment, construction time and connectivity between new and old facilities.

However, the consultant should also clarify how to use land north of the airport, meaning the existing golf course, for the airport expansion.

The Government requires relevant agencies to assess the use of military land such as the golf course and land used by military units, and land for the aviation sector, hereby proposing the most feasible investment solution.

Besides, the ministry and the consulting firm should assess impacts of noise and environmental problems owing to the airport expansion in accordance with the Vietnamese and international laws, and compare to environment protection regulations of other countries to conclude if the upgrade of Tan Son Nhat International Airport is suitable to the city in the future or not.

Deputy PM Dung assigned the Ministry of Transport to consult relevant ministries and agencies and the HCMC government to finalize the plan for Tan Son Nhat International Airport expansion and upgrading and submit it to the Prime Minister prior to January 15.

Currently, apart from the consulting firm ADP-I that is drafting the airport expansion and upgrade scheme, an independent group of aviation scientists and experts has been established by the HCMC government to map out the airport expansion plan.

The Ministry of Transport had earlier submitted to the Prime Minister the adjusted airport expansion plan to enable the airport to serve 43-45 million passengers a year and quickly tackle bottlenecks at the airport.

Accordingly, more taxiways and passenger terminal T4 would be added in two to three years’ time on the airport’s existing land. However, scientists and experts later proposed using land from the golf course to expand the airport.

To ensure transparency, the Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Transport to hire an independent international consultant to study and suggest a scheme for the long-awaited expansion of the airport towards the north where the operational golf course is located and the south to increase the capacity of the airport to 45-50 million passengers a year.

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