HCMC – Buses can now pick up and drop off passengers at the domestic terminal of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC from April 18, instead of just the international terminal as earlier.
According to the HCMC Management Center of Public Transport under the municipal Department of Transport, these buses belong to the subsidized route No 152 between the Trung Son Residential Area in Binh Chanh District and the airport and those of the non-subsidized route No. 72-1 between the airport and the Vung Tau Coach Station in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, the local media reported.
Passengers can get on and get off buses along lane B of the domestic passenger terminal.
The HCMC Department of Transport has assigned the HCMC Management Center of Public Transport to coordinate with the authority of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to arrange parking sites at the domestic terminal’s lane B for buses.
On March 3, the department explained the chaos at the airport’s passenger pickup and drop-off area and the high taxi rates after the Lunar New Year holiday, attributing the problem to the lack of taxis and poor cooperation in regulating vehicles.
On the upcoming Reunification Day (April 1) and International Labor Day (May 1), the airport is expected to serve some 42,000 or even more passengers daily. Some 15% of them may use taxi services, so the airport has worked with taxi firms, asking them to prepare more than 1,700 cabs.
However, if the number of passengers increases to some 60,000, 1,100 of them may find it hard to catch taxis and ride-hailing vehicles. Therefore, the arrangement of buses in the domestic passenger terminal will offer passengers more choices.