May 1, 2015

HCMC airport repairs taxiway

HO CHI MINH CITY: At Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh, maitainance will start 10 April and be accompished by 30 June, according to Airports Corporation of Vietnam chairman, Nguyen Nguyen Hung.

He was replied to unconfirmed reports in travel trade circles that airline services would face delays and disruptions due to airport maintenance work.

He told local media that repair work will upgrade both the apron and taxiway at the country’s largest airport on Wednesday.

The maintenance will happen with the national holiday on 28 April to 3 May , which covers the Reunification Day and International Labour Day and the Hung Kings celebrations. It is a major public holidays with thousands of Vietnamese booking overseas holidays on airline services from the country’s busiest airport.

Lai Xuan Thanh- Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam chief warned that work would disrupt flights. Hence, it was imperative for airlines to minimise passenger inconvenience.

Flights will face delays once the taxiway be closed and this will slow down the transfer of aircraft between the runway and the terminal.

Tan Son Nhat airport urgently needs an upgrade as Vietnamese carriers are expanding their fleets with 50 planes due for delivery this year.

At present, there are about 30 flights depart and land at Tan Son Nhat airport every hour. This number could fall to 25 per hour once work begins. EXO Travel recommended its travel industry clients on Wednesday in a news alert that there were unconfirmed reports that maintenance work would be carried out at some key Vietnamese airport and that would cause flight delays across Vietnam in the coming weeks.

It impressed that the reports had not been confirmed by airlines or authorities.However, it was seeking clarification to minimalise inconvenience for its international guests.

In related news, Pleiku Airport has already been closed for upgrades with an estimated completion date of 25 October.


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