The Government has approved a master zoning plan to expand and develop the existing Noi Bai International Airport into a big airport able to handle bigger aircraft and more Air passengers in the coming years.
Lai Xuan Thanh, deputy general director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam confirmed with the Daily that the plan had just been endorsed by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, months before construction of the second passenger terminal (T2) at the airport.
According to the big-ticket plan, the international airport will have at least two runways for modern aircraft including Boeing 747s and the world's current biggest passenger plane Airbus A380 to land and take off by 2020.
By that year, the airport will be able to receive 20-25mil passengers and handle 260,000 tons of cargo or more per annum. The parking area for aircraft will also be expanded to accommodate at least 29 planes and 43 when the demand grows.
The plan also envisages developing facilities southward in accordance with standards of the International Civil Aviation Association. The new developments include one more runway and Terminal T3 to enable the airport to receive 50mil passengers after 2030.
The plan needs over VND13tril (around US$803mil) between now and 2020, and more than VND43tril for developments after that year.
The State budget and corporate investment will be the main capital investment source for Noi Bai International Airport's new developments, which will be carried out under different investment forms.
Work is scheduled to start on the T2 terminal at the airport later this year. The terminal estimated to cost nearly US$420mil is designed to receive 10mil passengers a year.
The current terminal capable of handling six million passengers will serve domestic flights when the second terminal is put into use in October 2010.
Better infrastructures badly needed to support strong growth of the country's aviation sector and economy. Earlier this year, the Government approved projects to develop and expand Danang Chu Lai and Dong Hoi airports in Central Vietnam.
Nearly VND4.5tril (over US$278mil) will be spent expanding the parking area at Danang International Airport for 21 aircraft in 2015 and 27 in 2025.
The investment is used to build a modern terminal capable of receiving four million passengers a year and to improve the airport's cargo handling capacity to 200,000 tons.
More than VND11.4tril (around US$709mil) will go to expanding the parking area at Chu Lal International Airport for 25 aircraft in 2015 and 46 in 2025. By 2025, the airport in Quang Nam Province will have a new terminal designed for 4.1mil passengers every year and five million tons of cargo as against 1.5mil tons in 2015.
The Dong Hoi Airport will be modernized for Airbus A321 to land and take off, and to handle 500,000 passengers per annum.
The Ministry of Transport has told Vietnam airlines Corp. and its partners to quicken a plan to establish a company to develop Long Thanh International Airport for submission to the Government for consideration and approval.
Domestic investors are expected to contribute 75% of the planned company's chartered capital and the rest will be balanced by foreign and public shareholders.
The planned airport will have four runways measuring 4,000 meters by 60 meters, which can accommodate modern aircraft including Air-bus A380.
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