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Work on many parts of Long Thanh airport project to start next year

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Work on many parts of the big-ticket Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province will begin next year, including the passenger terminal, according to a report sent by the Government to the National Assembly.

The Government reported that the first phase of the project with four components is being executed as planned, the local media reported.

As for the first component comprising the head offices of State management agencies, the Ministries of Transport, Public Security and Finance are formulating a plan to source capital from the mid-term public investment plan in the 2021-2025 period. It will take six to 12 months to prepare for the component and 24 months to develop it, and the component is expected to be completed in 2025.

For the second component, flight control facilities, the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation is seeking contractors and expects to complete the job by the end of this year.

The third component, comprising auxiliary airport facilities, the bomb and mine detection and clearance work, started in November last year and is 77% complete. The work will be completed this year.

In addition, a fence around the airport, which is now 71.81% complete, will be completed by December.

The ground of the passenger terminal and the aircraft parking area will be levelled and the wastewater drainage system will be installed there in November, so that work on the foundation of the passenger terminal will begin in February next year. Work on the remaining facilities will also begin in the first quarter of 2022.

According to the Government, the technical design of the passenger terminal was approved in June.

Regarding the fourth component–services items, including aircraft cleaning, maintenance areas and airlines’ operation centers—contractors are expected to be chosen next year.

The Ministry of Transport is working with the investors of the second and third components on a monthly basis to remove obstacles and accelerate the project’s progress in a bid to complete it in the first half of 2025 and put it into operation at the end of 2025.

However, the handover of the cleared site for the project has been slower than expected. More than 1,280 of the 2,530 hectares has been taken back to make room for the project. The remaining is planned to be handed over this year.

The Long Thanh International Airport project will have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo. The project needs some VND336.63 trillion, or roughly US$14 billion, including VND114.45 trillion for the first phase.

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