Tan Son Nhat international airport (Source: vtc.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – Additional facilities will be built at the overloaded Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to raise its capacity to 40-50 million passengers per year.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has issued a document asking the Defence Ministry to coordinate with relevant ministries and the HCM City People’s Committee to study the use of 21 hectares of land to the west of the airport for the expansion, including new taxiways, parking spaces and terminal. The land is currently used for national defence purpose.

The Ministry of Transport is assigned to work with the Defence Ministry to make adjustments to the airport planning, including a new terminal in addition to the double-use terminal already in the planning. The additional terminal should be able to serve 10-20 million passengers per year.

The two ministries are required to coordinate to adjust flight routes for both civil and military aviation activities, while HCM City authorities are told to reorganize traffic control around the airport to reduce traffic jams.

The Tan Son Nhat International Airport has become seriously overloaded, forcing many flights to wait in the air to land. The airport has a design capacity of 25 million passengers but the passenger throughput in the first half of this year reached 15.7 million.-VNA