Dong Nai hands over land for Long Thanh airport to construction ministry hinh anh 1At the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The southern province of Dong Nai handed over land for the first phase of the Long Thanh international airport project to the Ministry of Transport at a ceremony held on October 20.

Dang Minh Duc, Director of Dong Nai’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the land clearance for the priority area covering 1,810ha has been basically completed.

The provincial People’s Committee is conducting procedures to hand over nearly 2,590ha of land to the Ministry of Transport for joint management, according to the official.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan lauded Dong Nai’s efforts in the land clearance work, as well as coordination of ministries and agencies, and the support of local residents in this regard.

According to Cao Tien Dung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Dong Nai has completed the assessment of the remaining 3,190ha for the second and third phases of the project, and expects to approve the land clearance plan this year.

Efforts have been stepped up in infrastructure building at the resettlement area so that locals can receive their land this month, as well as job generation for local residents.

Long Thanh International Airport, a key national project, was approved by the National Assembly in 2015.

In the first phase, a runway and passenger terminal each along with other supporting works will be built to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year. It is expected to be completed by 2025.

Once fully operational, the airport is expected to reduce the load on HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Some 4,800 households and 26 organisations are expected to be relocated to make way for it.

In the second phase, a runway and passenger terminal each will be built to serve around 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo a year.

After the third phase, the airport will be able to serve 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo./.