The construction of Long Thanh International Airport is absolutely necessary, said Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang
The construction of Long Thanh International Airport is absolutely necessary to prevent Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport from becoming overloaded and to seize the opportunity for the former to become a major hub in regional and international aviation, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang wrote in a report to be submitted to the National Assembly on June 6.
Minister Thang told local media that building Long Thanh International Airport, in Dong Nai province, would ease the burden on Tan Son Nhat, especially with transport demand rising quickly. The project would not be a waste of money, as many have claimed.
Upon completion, Long Thanh International Airport is expected to serve 90 per cent of international travelers to Ho Chi Minh City and 20 per cent of domestic travelers. These expectations can be adjusted when the actual situation can be fully gauged. It is clear, the minister insisted, that there is a need for the project to move forward.
He also acknowledged the difficulties in making Long Thanh become a major aviation hub, as it will face stiff competition from Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore. But Vietnam is able, he believes, to reach such a target.
He also noted that the airport’s construction is a major project and that it’s difficult to foresee all eventualities. If changes are necessary to the original planning then they must be made in a democratic and transparent manner.