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VND24t needed to upgrade Cam Ranh airport by 2030: CAAV

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The upgrade of the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province will cost an estimated VND24.3 trillion during the 2021-2030 period and an additional VND15 trillion between 2030 and 2050, according to the national aviation authority.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) sent the Ministry of Transport a revised zoning plan of the airport for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision toward 2050, as passenger traffic through the airport in recent years has exceeded the forecasts in a previous zoning plan.

Under the revised plan, the airport would serve 25 million passengers and 55,000 tons of commodities annually in the 2021-2030 period.

CAAV proposed building terminal T1 with an annual capacity of 21 million passengers and keeping the capacity of international terminal T2 unchanged at four million passengers per year. The cargo terminal would be rebuilt east of the apron.

By 2050, the airport would be able to handle 36 million passengers and 100,000 tons of cargo a year. In addition, the airport will renovate terminal T2 and build domestic terminal T3 with a yearly capacity of 12 million passengers. The cargo terminal will also be expanded eastward.

According to the previously approved zoning plan, the airport was projected to annually receive 5.5 million passengers by 2020 and an annual volume of eight million passengers by 2030.

However, data from CAAV showed that the airport had already served 10 million passengers in 2019.

In the past two years, the aviation industry was battered by the Covid pandemic, but the passenger throughput recorded at the airport still reached some 3.3 million.

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