Experts seek to tackle congestions at Tan Son Nhat airport area

As congestions remain a major hurdle at the second  city's airport area, experts have gathered to share their thoughts and seek solutions to ease traffic around Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Experts seek ways to tackle congestion at Tan Son Nhat airport area
The seminar titled “Solutions to ease traffic congestion in the area surrounding Tan Son Nhat Airport” was held today
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Le Van Tam, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport (DoT), said that there is reportedly little land area for transport in the city. Only 8.5 per cent of the city area is reserved for the airport, while urban planners put the ideal figure at around 24-26 per cent. At the same time, Ho Chi Minh City is home to eight million motorcycles and 640,000 cars, leading to traffic congestions in the city as well as the airport area.

According to the aviation master planning to 2020, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is projected to welcome 25 million arrivals per year. However, the airport received 32 million arrivals in 2016, up 5.5 million against 2015 and exceeding the annual design capacity by 25 million arrivals, according to the Southern Airport Authority.

Nguyen Huu Nguyen from the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association said that the city has proposed 22 projects to alleviate traffic jams in the airport area, but it fails to solve the problems. Despite the recent launch of a flyover in Truong Son Street, there are still traffic congestions under the flyover.

He pointed out that Truong Son Street is the main route to the airport. However, over 70 per cent of motorcycles and 62 per cent of cars in the street do not go to the airport, but other places. Thus, he suggested temporary charges for vehicles going through Truong Son Street without heading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Dr. Vo Kim Cuong, former deputy chief architect of Ho Chi Minh City, further noted that traffic congestions in the airport area start at the northern areas, such as Go Vap district, Highway No.22, and Tay Ninh province.

He suggested taking part of the land reserved for military activities to open a new route around the airport with a view to ease traffic jams in Truong Son Street. At the same time, the city should suspend a railway project to build a road from Binh Trieu to the city centre, which might be developed into an elevated railway in the future.

By Thanh Van