Apr 10, 2014

Ho Chi Minh City Airport Expands

Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense has agreed to hand over 7.63 hectares of land to the Ministry of Transport to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport and fast track efforts to reduce traffic congestion.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam director, Lai Xuan Thanh, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat Airport is currently overloaded.

“To serve 25 million passengers a year the airport needs 65 to 70 aircraft parking spots, while at present there are only 42,” he said.

The military confirmed it will donate 7.63 hectares of land to build 21 more parking spots to resolve the issue.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport was projected to handle 13 million passengers a year by 2015, but it has already exceeded 20 million.

The country forecasts a substantial increase in tourism over the next five years with the objective of turning its two main airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City into the preferred gateways to the Mekong Region.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the largest international airport in terms of area (800 ha or 1,977 acres compared with 650 ha or 1,606 acres of Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport.

It can handle 25 million passengers a year, compared to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport that has a capacity of 8 million passengers and Danang 6 million passengers.

It handled in 17,538,000 passengers in 2012, accounting for 46.6% of Vietnam’s air passenger traffic.
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