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HCMC’s airport expansion needs VND25 trillion
Le Anh
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HCMC’s airport expansion needs VND25 trillion

Le Anh

A view of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airport will be expanded to the south at an estimated cost of VND25 trillion - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC – Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s expansion project will require around VND25 trillion while an initial cost projection put it at only VND18 trillion.

According to the detailed planning of Tan Son Nhat which was tabled for discussion on May 9, Airport Design and Construction Consultancy (ADCC), the consulting firm, proposed some adjustments to the project.

In the north of the airport, the existing golf course and lakes can ensure good water drainage for the airport. But ADCC proposed building one more park and one more lake to prevent possible flooding which used to make the airport grind to a halt.

ADCC said the third passenger terminal, aka Terminal T3, should be developed on 120,000 square meters, instead of the earlier planned 200,000 square meters. The terminal, though occupying less land, can still handle 20 million passengers annually as originally planned, ADCC reasoned.

The consultant proposed building more overpasses in the airport area to facilitate traffic outside the airport.

Of the VND25 trillion cost estimate, over VND7.6 trillion will be spent on Terminal T3, VND5.2 trillion on aircraft parking slots and taxiways, VND3 trillion on a cargo terminal, and the remainder on technical infrastructure.

Before consulting ministries and agencies, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho told ADCC to update the design and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to review the plan. Updates to the plan must be ready by May 21.

The Government last March agreed to expand Tan Son Nhat toward the south, instead of the north which is home to the golf course. The new terminal will increase the airport’s capacity to 60 million passengers per year.

The airport expansion to the south will require less land clearance compensation and lower investment capital while it is more convenient to connect Terminal T3 to the two operational terminals.

Expanding to the north, the investment cost would double and the new terminal and the existing ones would be sandwiched by the two existing runways.

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