Design of Long Thanh International Airport
(Photo: ACV)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Long Thanh International Airport is expected to take on 85 percent of international flights running through Tan San Nhat Airport, including those operated by the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and foreign airlines, according to the Ministry of Transport.

At a meeting on October 22, the Transport Engineering Design Inc. (TEDI), consultant of the Long Thanh airport project, suggested the airport be responsible for 12 percent of Vietnam Airlines’s domestic flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang city.

Other airlines like Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific, Bamboo Airways and Vietnam Air Services Company (Vasco) will only operate at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, it said.

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) on June 2 signed a contract with a joint venture comprising firms from Japan, France and Vietnam (JFV), for consultancy services and a feasibility study for the first phase of Long Thanh International Airport project.

The JFV joint venture gathers top consulting and design firms with years of experience in the airport construction industry, including Japan Airport Consultants (JAC), ADP Ingénierie from France, Nippon Koei and Oriental Consultants Global from Japan and Airport Design and Construction Consultancy (ADCC) and Transport Engineering Design (TEDI) from Vietnam.

The feasibility study is carried out from June 2018 to June 2019 and will be submitted to the National Assembly for review in October 2019, said ACV Chairman of the Board Lai Xuan Thanh at the signing ceremony.

The ACV is preparing for the construction of the airport to begin at the end of 2020, he noted. “The airport will be completed and put into use in 2025 at the latest.”

In March, the Ministry of Transport selected the lotus design developed by Heerim Architects and Planners from the Republic of Korea for the project.

The proposed Long Thanh International Airport has a total area of more than 5,580 hectares in Long Thanh District, the southern province of Dong Nai. It is set to have total investment of 336.63 trillion VND (14.8 billion USD), with construction divided into three phases.

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

In the second phase (by 2035), one more runway and another passenger terminal will be constructed to serve 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo a year.

After the third phase expansion (post 2035), the airport is hoped to be able serve 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo each year.-VNA