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Ride-hailing car lanes often congested at HCMC airport

By Minh Hoang

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HCMC – The entry and exit of two lanes reserved for ride-hailing vehicles at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC frequently get congested.

Ride-hailing vehicles exiting the TCP parking building in front of the airport’s domestic terminal T1 must now make a 90-degree turn before entering into a single lane formed by lanes D1 and D2.

Ride-hailing cars have to go through two ticket cabins within a 15-meter distance, one from the parking lot and one from the airport, as the TCP ticket cabin has been moved outdoors.

Previously, the TCP cabin was placed inside the parking building at the end of lane D1.

Congestion at the exit of the lanes caused bottlenecks in both the passenger pick-up area and the parking lot. The queue reached hundreds of vehicles occasionally, according to a driver.

Some passengers at the airport said it took more than 30 minutes to hail a car on a mobile app.

The airport authorities have considered reducing the green space surrounding the TCP parking lot to build an additional lane.

In July, the Southern Airports Authority (SAA) and the HCMC Transport Department proposed a new parking lot to ease traffic pressure at the airport.

The 3,500-square-meter planned location is close to the international terminal, along the Bach Dang, Truong Son and Hong Ha streets. The SAA is now in charge of the location.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam recommended that the site be reclaimed from the SAA and leased to the airport for a parking lot.

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