Transport Ministry speeds up progress of Long Thanh Airport project

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang on Monday chaired a meeting to speed up the progress of Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai.

An artists’ impression of Long Thanh International Airport Project

According to a report by investor Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the company has submitted the ministry a summary, and an estimate for the project’s feasibility study which is being verified by the Institute Construction Economics under the Ministry of Construction.

Because Long Thanh is a huge project, construction might take up to 10 years for the first phase if following common process.

Consequently, ACV has proposed to organize a competitive examination to choose the best designs for the airport’s terminal and air traffic control tower and contractors to make a technical study report.

In case the designer and the contractor are different, the ministry should ask them to work together to ensure the project’s progress.

The ministry should propose the Government to assign the People’s Committee of Dong Nai province to undertake site clearance, according to the report.

At the meeting, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang instructed ACV to set up a management board of the project as per regulations and prepare fund for implementation.

He tasked the ministry’s Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau to take responsibility for the project’s progress, quality, order and procedures.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam will assume responsibility for technical matters. The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Commission will cooperate with ACV to calculate which items could be constructed under PPP form.

The National Assembly has passed Long Thanh project in Dong Nai province to reduce overloading for Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, whose expansion has been proved too costly and unfeasible.

By Bich Quyen – Translated by Hai Mien

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