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Hanoi (VNA) – Cam Ranh International Terminal JSC has decided to expand the area of the proposed new international terminal at Cam Ranh International Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa to 178,000 sq.m, up 126,000 sq.m compared to the initial plan.

The information was revealed at a meeting chaired by Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat in Hanoi on June 27, which was to review the implementation of the project.

The adjustment aims to meet technical requirements and standards, towards effectively operating the terminal.

Previously, Cam Ranh International Terminal JSC has submitted a feasibility study on the construction of the project under the form of build-operate-transfer (BOT) to the ministry.

Accordingly, t he project, with a total investment capital of nearly 3.4 trillion VND (152 million USD), was designed to receive four million passengers per year. The capacity would be increased to six million passengers in 2030 to meet the increase in passengers to Nha Trang City.

The international terminal was planned to cover an area of approximately 52,000 square metres with 80 check-in counters, 10 boarding gates and six baggage carousels.

Singapore architecture firm CPG Consultants and US-based PAE were selected as the project’s consultancy design unit. The two firms have previously consulted on designs of terminals at Phu Quoc, Can Tho, Vinh, Cat Bi, Tho Xuan and Da Nang airports.

The project is expected to start this August if it receives approval from the ministry. It is scheduled to be completed and put into operation after 16 months of construction.

Cam Ranh International Airport is one of the largest airports in Vietnam. It served over 1.8 million passengers in the first five months of this year, up 102 percent year-on-year.

At present, the international terminal of Cam Ranh International Airport has a capacity of 1.5 million passengers annually. In the recent years, the number of passengers has increased remarkably between 30 and 60 percent per year. By the end of last year, the airport welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers, overloading its capacity.-VNA