Transport Ministry must make clear Long Thanh airport project

Chairman of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee Nguyen Van Giau proposed, the Ministry of Transport to make clear some issues related to the investment plan of Long Thanh International Airport project and broadening of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, at a meeting yesterday.

An artists' impression of Long Thanh International Airport

Accordingly, the ministry must clarify why Tan Son Nhat International Airport could not be broadened and why the airport will never be able to serve more than 26 million passengers a year while experts said that the airport’s enlargement is possible.

Besides the ministry should make clear problems related to air traffic congestion and regulations on night flying restrictions.

For Long Thanh International Airport project, the ministry should spell out investment and exploitation costs and capital structure, estimate socioeconomic effectiveness and impacts.

Dressing the above issues, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has asked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to invite Japanese consultants to help clarify. 

The Ministry of Transport’s proposal to build Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai has been approved by the Prime Minister, aiming to ease pressure for Tan Son Nhat International Airport. 

However many NA delegates have expressed concerns over the project's huge investment capital saying it will burden public debt which has been on the rise as the project’s first phase is reported to cost VND164,589 billion (US$7.84 billion).

By Bich Quyen – Translated by Hai Mien

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