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Long Thanh Airport gains NA approval

Released at: 17:20, 25/06/2015

Long Thanh Airport gains NA approval

Airport to cater to 100 million passenger annually once completed in 2025.

by Quynh Nguyen-Nguyen Vu

With 428 out of 461 delegates agreeing, the National Assembly passed plans on June 25 for the construction of Long Thanh International Airport in Long Thanh district, Dong Nai province, to serve the future needs of Ho Chi Minh City.

The airport is to be built to the 4F standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

It will become an important airport for the entire country once completed, with a goal having been set of it becoming a regional transit center. The project’s features are designed to achieve a capacity of 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo per year.

Total investment capital is estimated at $16.03 billion, of which the first stage is to receive $5.45 billion. The funds will come from the State budget, capital from equitized aviation enterprises, official development assistance (ODA), business capital, and capital from public-private partnerships (PPP), together with any other forms of capital prescribed by law.

The total area for the new airport is 5,000 ha, of which the area for infrastructure is 2,750 ha, land for defense 1,050 ha, and other facilities 1,200 ha.

The project will use modern technology in its development, management and operations, similar to advanced international airports around the world, to ensure safety, convenience, quality, and efficiency.

The NA also approved the implementation roadmap, which includes three stages. The first stage is the construction of a runway, a passenger terminal, and some ancillary items, with capacity set at 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo per year. This phase is to be completed before 2025.

The second stage will see one more runway and another passenger terminal, to reach capacity of 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo per year. And the final stage will fully complete the project and see capacity reach 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo per year.

The NA has requested the government report to it on each phase.


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