Tan Son Nhat Airport to be expanded on southern end

15:08 | 29/03/2018

The expansion plan of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City can now proceed due to a fresh decision of the prime minister to go ahead with French advisor ADPi's plan.

tan son nhat airport to be expanded on southern end
The prime minister has picked ADPi's proposal, dispelling the bottleneck

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just decided to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport in accordance with ADPi's proposal.

According to this plan, Vietnam will build a new 20-hectare terminal with the capacity of 20 million passengers at the southern end of the airport, next to the existing terminals. It is estimated to cost a total of VND18 trillion ($0.8 billion).

The area at the northern end of the airport, currently home to a golf course and a 16ha land area managed by the Ministry of National Defence, would be used to build supporting structures, such as more cargo terminals and plane maintenance, as well as logistics, and food processing facilities.

The government has tasked the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to coordinate with ADPi to adjust the airport's current planning and implement the firm's proposal. MoT will also be responsible for raising funds for the project and complete the necessary paperwork so that the construction of the new terminal can start as soon as possible.

ADPi's proposal, which aims to rescue Ho Chi Minh City's overloaded Tan Son Nhat Airport, will increase capacity to 50 million passengers per year by 2025 without the need for a new runway.

Under the proposal, the expansion will cost more than VND30 trillion ($1.3 billion), excluding site clearance costs. ADPi said work on the first phase to build a new terminal could start immediately and be completed in two to three years. The second phase to build the new terminal and supporting structures requires site clearance and could take one to two years.

ADPi is a French company that specialises in airport architecture and engineering and is a fully owned subsidiary of AĆ©roports de Paris Group. It has previously worked on airports in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and Dubai.

In addition to ADPi's proposal, MoT has also received proposals from a local firm and from a group of advisors from Ho Chi Minh City, who instead suggested constructing a new terminal north of the runways.

Tan Son Nhat Airport currently handles 36 million passengers per year, which is way above its designed capacity of 25 million. In addition to expanding the airport, Vietnam is also planning to build Long Thanh International Airport in the neighbouring province of Dong Nai to handle the 60-70 million passengers per year Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive in 2025.

Nguyen Huong

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