The Vietnamese government has officially approved the first phase of the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai province and has allocated an initial budget for the project of $4.6 billion USD. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, signed documents giving approval for the airport and its initial budget last week.
The first phase of Long Thanh’s development will include construction of a passenger terminal designed to serve 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo per year, along with a 4km long – 75 meter wide runway that will be able to serve all categories of passenger and cargo aircraft. Phase one work is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and be completed by 2025.
The actual work related to building the new airport will be divided into four sub-projects: airport facilities, flight management services, headquarters for state agencies, and related construction and infrastructure items.
Essential airport facilities include the airport passenger terminal, cargo terminals and other buildings, as well as the airport runway and aprons. This task has been assigned to the Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), which operates 21 airports in the country. ACV will raise its own capital for this construction.
The Long Thanh International Airport is a major national construction project that is intended to add to airline passenger and cargo traffic capabilities in the greater Ho Chi Minh City area. Tan Son Nhat airport, HCMC’s only existing airport, has reached its maximum passenger and cargo traffic and the city needs a new airport so that the city and the neighboring provinces can increase their business and economic activities.
On a long-term basis it is planned that Tan Son Nhat airport will focus on domestic airline traffic and cargo while Long Thanh airport focuses on international airline traffic and cargo. Long Thanh airport will be developed in three phases over the next 20 years. By 2040 the airport will have four runways and is expected to accommodate 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo every year.
Long Thanh’s investment plan was approved by the National Assembly in mid-2017, and last month, the government directed Dong Nai Province to hand over building sites so that the airports construction can begin in early 2021.