A graphic design of a terminal of Long Thanh airport (Photo: Aviation Airport Corporation of Vietnam)

HCM City (VNA) -  The Government has instructed the southern province of Dong Nai to coordinate with relevant agencies to do a feasibility study for acquiring land for the construction of Long Thanh airport and paying their owners compensation.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) will assess the feasibility study and submit it to the Government before it is sent to the National Assembly (NA) for approval.

Besides, it will work with the Ministries of Finance and Transport and other agencies to raise funds for the work, for which the NA has approved 5 trillion VND (about 227 million USD).

The Government has instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to review the policies related to compensation for lands acquired for the airport and file the assessment (report) before August 15 this year.

On August 11, the Government Office also instructed the transport ministry to coordinate with relevant agencies and provide consultation for the upgrade of Lai Chau airport, which has been approved by the Government.

The Government has approved the plans and selection of tenders for hiring international consultants to assess the use of land by the aviation sector, make plans for the expansion of HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport, and assist in planning in areas adjacent to make better use of infrastructure in conformity. 

The transport ministry has also been instructed to coordinate with the Ministry of Defence, the HCM City People’s Committee and other relevant agencies to create favorable conditions for the consultants to carry out the task to ensure the quality of the work and avoid losses.

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According to the Dong Nai People’s Committee, some 15,000 residents will be affected by the Long Thanh International Airport, 70 percent of the farmers, with the others being workers at rubber plantations and those with other jobs.

For acquiring 5,000ha for the first stage of the airport, 4,730 households and 26 offices will have to be relocated.

Compensation payments are estimated at over 23 trillion VND (over 1 billion USD).

The first phase of the airport is scheduled to be completed in 2023 and the final phase in 2050.-VNA