Hanoi airport's two existing runways unable to cater to targeted traffic volume.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Transport on building a third runway at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport.
The airport’s two existing runways are only 250 meters apart, which does not allow for both to be used at the same time. The third runway will therefore go a long way to helping the airport reach its target of catering to 50 million passengers annually by 2020, according to Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, Head of CAAV. The third runway is to meet the requirements of many different types of aircraft, including wide-bodied aircraft.
CAAV has proposed three alternatives.
The first is to build the third runway and necessary facilities (a terminal, apron, access roads, control towers, etc.) in the airport’s southern area. Total investment would be VND75.987 trillion ($3.48 billion), of which site clearance would cost VND40.8 trillion ($1.87 billion).
The second is to build the runway on the northern side, with all facilities to be located on the western side. Total investment for this would come in at around VND38.802 trillion ($1.78 billion). Site clearance costs would only be around VND11 trillion ($504.35 million) as the land in this area is mostly military land and agricultural land.
The third alternative is to build the runway on the northern side but will facilities in a different location, which makes it the least appealing of the three.
CAAV believes the second alternative is the most feasible.
Noi Bai International Airport’s two runways, 11L/29R and 11L/29R, are 3,200 meters and 3,800 meters long, respectively, and 45 meters wide.