HCMC – The annual capacity of the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi should be doubled to 50 million passengers as originally planned, and a second airport needs to be built in the southern part of the Hanoi City area, instead of doing research over a second airport in 2040, said an expert.
Architect Tran Ngoc Chinh, chairman of the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, put forward this proposal at a conference held on March 3 on the national airport development plan in the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050, reported Tuoi Tre Online.
Chinh said that if the Noi Bai airport’s capacity is raised to 100 million passengers per year, it is a must to build a metro line linking to the airport, develop two more ring roads and an elevated road above Vo Nguyen Giap street and other infrastructure facilities, which could spoil the capital city’s urban planning and lead to extremely dense traffic facing the north of the Red River.
Accordingly, he proposed developing the second airport in the southern part of Hanoi to promote the growth of this area.
Some locations such as Ung Hoa in Hanoi, Thanh Mien in Hai Duong Province and Phu Ly in Ha Nam Province could be considered to build the airport, Chinh suggested.
In response, Nguyen Bach Tung, deputy head of the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau, under the Transport Ministry, agreed with the suggestion to research an appropriate location to build the second airport in the Hanoi area.