HCMC – The government of Thanh Hoa Province has written to the Ministry of Transport proposing developing a new passenger terminal at the Tho Xuan airport.
The province also proposed the ministry call on eligible investors to join the project, or allocate capital from the State budget for the construction of the terminal in 2022-2025, Thanh Nien Online reported.
The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), which manages the airport, had earlier sent a dispatch to the Thanh Hoa government on a plan to develop the passenger terminal T2 project with a capacity of five million passengers per year and relevant infrastructure, with a total cost of over VND2.1 trillion.
The proposal to develop the new terminal came as the airport’s existing passenger terminal, which is serving domestic flights, is operating at full capacity and has no separate areas for domestic and international terminals and import-export management.
As such, the provincial government stressed the need to build the new terminal and related infrastructure in the 2021-2025 period to cope with the rising number of passengers and develop international air routes.
The Tho Xuan airport in the northern province, which was put into service in February 2013, has seen passenger arrivals soaring over the years. In the 2013-2015 period, the number of passengers surged by 160% on average.
In January 2016, passenger terminal T1 of the airport was put into operation, with a capacity of 1.2 million passengers per year.
In the first five months of 2022, the airport handled 671,000 passengers. The figure is expected to reach 1.4 million passengers this year, exceeding its designed capacity.