Deputy PM Dung urges finalisation of upgrade plan for Tan Son Nhat Airport

Friday, 2017-02-10 05:39:58
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at the working session. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has emphasised the need to finalise the plan to upgrade Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at a working session with the Ministry of Defence’s Airport Design and Construction Consultancy One Member Limited Liability Company (ADCC) on February 8.

ADCC was assigned by the Prime Minister to direct adjustment planning to expand and upgrade Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Speaking at a working session, Deputy PM Dung praised ADCC’s efforts in developing plans for the Tan Son Nhat upgrade in only a short period of time. On the basis of these plans, relevant ministries and agencies must conduct analysis, evaluation and selection of optimal plans prior to submitting them to the Government and the PM for approval, he said.

He stated important requirements for the renovation and upgrade of Tan Son Nhat airport, including promptly tackling bottlenecks and overloading at the airport, facilitating the upgrade of infrastructure at the airport to put the renewed one into operation by 2018, mobilising capital for the project and improving the efficiency and quality of investment, in addition to ensuring construction quality, safety and aviation security.

The government official also asked the consultant agency to pay attention to traffic connections to the airport, while urgently completing the final plan to report to the PM and make public before February 25.

Tan Son Nhat airport has a designed capacity of 25 million passengers but handled 32.5 million in 2016. The expansion plan is expected to enable the airport to serve 40-45 million passengers per year.

According to ADCC, it has developed a total of six plans for the Tan Son Nhat Airport upgrade, including three additional 2B, 2C, 2D plans introduced at yesterday’s session.

Under Plan 1, a new system of runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals and auxiliary works will be built on the golf course area in the northern part of the airport. Under this plan, the airport could increase its capacity to about 60 million passengers a year but requires 10-15 years of construction with an expected cost of about VND201.4 trillion.

Under option 2, several key patterns will be upgraded at about VND61 trillion during a construction period of 8-10 years, increasing the capacity of the airport to about 43-45 million passengers a year. Plans 2B, 2C, 2D also require a long-term construction period of over ten years with investment ranging from VND93-185.5 trillion.

Plan 3 uses existing land with investment at only VND19.7 trillion and will take no longer than three years to construct, while still ensuring the required capacity of 43-45 million passengers per year.

Deputy PM Dung asked the consultancy company to continue perfecting the reported plans, while adding Plan 3B based on Plan 3 with the same passenger terminal capacity of 43-45 million passengers per year but built in the north for comparable basis to select the most effective plan.

The plans must be formed in a scientific and objective manner in order to be comparable with each other, so that the best plan can be selected based on the criteria outlined above, the deputy PM requested.