The southern province of Dong Nai has announced plans to clear 21,000 hectares around the proposed Long Thanh international airport, expected to be the country’s biggest, for related infrastructure facilities.

Under a plan that has been submitted to government Land in three communes in Cam My District and seven communes in Long Thanh would be cleared for new residential and urban areas, industrial zones, research institutes and international service centers. 

Roads will be built to connect the airport with the southern beach town of Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City , as well as to the expressway between Ho Chi Minh City and the central resort town of Nha Trang . 

More than 5,720 hectares to the north of the airport will be earmarked for housing for staffs and displaced people, service centres, and a green area. 

An international transit service centre will be built to the south of the airport near the coastal province of Ba Ria –Vung Tau, together with auxiliary industrial zones, plantations, and orchards on 4,400 ha. 

Long Thanh airport was approved in 2011 at a cost of 6.74 billion USD. 

It will be Vietnam’s ninth international airport, and is expected to handle 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of goods every year after it becomes operational scheduled for 2020.-VNA