Gov’t to report Long Thanh airport feasibility to NA in 2018

The Government will strive to submit the feasibility study report for the first phase of Long Thanh International Airport project to the National Assembly by the end of 2018.

An artist’s impression of Long Thanh airport

In a report to the NA about the progress of the project, the Government said that the feasibility study’s establishment has run eight months behind schedule so far. However the project implementation would be basically on schedule.

The NA approved the policy of building the new airport in a resolution issued on June 25, 2015.

According to regulations, feasibility study reports for each phase of the project must be submitted to the NA for approval.

The Government has tasked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to be investor of the feasibility study report. The company has been permitted to use capital from its development investment fund to invite tenders for the report.

At present, it is organizing an examination to choose a design for the airport’s terminal which is expected to complete by the end of the year including the time to get public opinions.

Afterwards relevant agencies will select a consultant unit to set up the feasibility study report from December this year to March 2017 and complete it within 16 months to submit to the NA by 2018.

The airport is now under preparations for investment and needs to focus on the first phase feasibility study and a project on site clearance, compensation and resettlement.

So far, the People’s Committee in the southern province of Dong Nai has finished information collection to build the project, which also counts employment and re-organization of citizens’ life after relocation.

The Prime Minister has assigned the committee to develop a specific mechanism on land withdrawal and resettlement of the project to speed up its progress. At present, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is now assessing the mechanism.

The Government will continue following phases of the Long Thanh airport project after the NA approve the feasibility study report.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Hai Mien

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