HCMC – Runway 25R/07L of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC and runway 1B of the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi have been put into use again after undergoing upgrades for six months to promptly meet the strong travel demand during the upcoming lunar New Year holiday.
At a ceremony on January 10 to inaugurate the upgraded runways, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh hailed the Ministry of Transport, the Cuu Long Corporation for Investment Development and Project Management of Infrastructure, the Thang Long Project Management Board, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation and the contractors for ensuring the progress of the first phase of the projects to renovate the runways and taxiways at the country’s two largest airports.
He also asked the Ministry of Transport to direct the relevant agencies to operate the runways and ensure the safety and security of flights, the local media reported.
On January 1, taxiways at the Noi Bai International Airport were also put into operation.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the projects were executed following the Government’s requirements.
Runways and taxiways at the two airports have seriously deteriorated as they have been exploited at higher capacities than their actual capacities and received many large aircraft for a long period.
The project to upgrade the runways and taxiways of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport with a total investment of over VND2 trillion was planned to be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, lasting for six months, runway 25R/07L that is three kilometers long and 46 meters wide, four taxiways and auxiliary facilities have been upgraded.
The project to renovate the runways and taxiways of the Noi Bai International Airport also required an investment of more than VND2 trillion. It was also divided into two phases, with the first one lasting for six months.
The projects are expected to be completed before December 2021.
The completion of the two projects will help increase the capacity of the two airports, ensure security and safety for civil flights, thus contributing to the country’s economic recovery and development, meeting the travel demand of passengers and boosting trade at home and abroad, according to the Ministry of Transport.