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ACV pushing Long Thanh Airport project

Released at: 16:27, 14/09/2015

ACV pushing Long Thanh Airport project

Airports Corporation of Vietnam looks to speed up process of building key airport in southern region.

by Son Ho

Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has sent new plans to the Ministry of Transport aimed at beginning construction of the Long Thanh International Airport in southern Dong Nai province as soon as possible. If such a major project proceeded at the usual pace seen in Vietnam, ACV said, it could take ten years to complete the first phase.

As the main investor, ACV proposed that selecting the architects for the passenger terminal and air traffic control tower should be conducted at the same time as selecting a consultant to prepare the feasibility study. The two parties must then cooperate to ensure the project moves ahead quickly.

ACV also hopes to implement independent items and engineering design immediately after the feasibility study is approved. So that the report will be submitted early, it requested it be divided into smaller parts. The report for the first period is expected to be finished four months after research is completed. Reports for the later periods are to be completed by around April 2017.

Regarding other investors, ACV has asked the ministry to allow the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation to build the air traffic control tower while the Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee will be responsible for site clearance.

Under the existing schedule, bidding to select a consultant for the feasibility study was to be conducted in October, with a selection announced in April 2016. The study would then be completed and submitted in July 2017. Total cost estimates and capital allocation are to be completed in 2018. Selection of the constructor and commencement of the first phase is to be done in 2019. The first phase, with one runway and one terminal, is expected to be completed in 2023.

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