HCMC Transport Department submits four airport expansion projects

The HCMC Department of Transport yesterday said that it had submitted to the city People’s Committee four projects on Tan Son Nhat International Airport plan adjustment built by experts and scientists.

The HCMC Transport Department has submitted four projects to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport

The HCMC Transport Department has submitted four projects to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport

The first one refutes a southward terminal expansion project which the Ministry of Transport submitted to the Government earlier.
The second project will not enlarge Tan Son Nhat but adjust traffic in the airport and improve air traffic control ability to reduce landing and takeoff time from five minutes to two minutes.
The third project will widen the airport to the north, build new terminal, apron, taxiways and works to connect the airport with the north and increase the airport's capacity to 50 million passengers a year.
The forth project will expand Tan Son Nhat to the north with items like the third one and build a new runway to increase the capacity to 70-90 million passengers a year.
At present, experts are studying the current capacity of runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals at Tan Son Nhat Airport; technical means and air traffic control ability; the need of airport expansion to increase capacity; urban traffic connectivity with the airport at present and in the future and drainage problem.
HCMC is expected to fully work out the projects and report them to the Prime Minister early September and propose to attend a meeting between the Government and agencies on the airport's upgrading and enlargement.
Previously, secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan established a group of experts to study the airport plan adjustment headed by associate professor Dr. Nguyen Thien Tong, former chairman of the aviation technique subject of HCMC University of Technology.
Other members include experts in aviation industry, traffic, planning such as Lieutenant colonel Le Trong Sanh, Architect Ngo Viet Nam Son, Dr. Pham Sanh and Dr. Nguyen Bach Phuc.
The Department of Transport has been responsible for coordination between the group and relevant agencies.

By QUOC HUNG – Translated by Hai Mien

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