Members confirm airport's role in socio-economic development.
At its meeting on June 4 the National Assembly (NA) confirmed the importance of the Long Thanh International Airport project in contributing to socio-economic development.
If the construction pace is too slow, said Mr. Tran Du Lich, NA delegate for Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the City will be unable to cope with the passenger numbers.
While calling for the rapid construction of Long Thanh he also emphasized that the City had no plans to expand Tan Son Nhat, as it is surrounded by residential areas.
“The maximum capacity of Tan Son Nhat Airport is only 25 million travelers per year and passenger numbers are growing very quickly,” he said. He expressed concern that an inability to cope with more travelers will hamper the development of the southern region.
“Long Thanh International Airport should be built sooner than the government’s plan. The target in the first phase is to build the airport before 2025 to serve 25 million travelers per year. Resolving the overload at Tan Son Nhat Airport is an urgent requirement. The second and third phases of the project will be conducted during the term of NA XVI and XVII, respectively.”
Mr. Tran Du Lich, NA Delegate for Ho Chi Minh City
Many strategic roads have been directed towards Long Thanh Airport, he added, so relocating the project elsewhere requires major changes to planning.
Mr. Duong Trung Quoc, NA delegate for Dong Nai province, where Long Thanh is located, agreed that the project should move ahead. He expected, however, that the Ministry of Transport would do more to ensure transparency and take note of public opinion to allay the concerns of local people.
NA delegate for northern Hai Phong city, Mr. Tran Ngoc Vinh, also believes Long Thanh Airport must be built and that construction should start as soon as possible, because any postponement would result in higher construction costs.
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