Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed with the proposal of the French consultant company ADP-I to build a new passenger terminal south of Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the airport expansion plan.

The terminal is expected to serve 20 million passengers per year, helping increase the capacity of the airport to handle 50 million passengers per annum by 2025.

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 2016 was 32 million and in 2017 over 36 million, making the expansion of the airport an urgent task.

The French firm recommended building support facilities including a cargo terminal and an aircraft maintenance station in the airport’s northern area.

The government leader assigned the Ministry of Transport to direct the French consultant company to continue working with the Vietnamese counterpart ADCC under the Ministry of National Defence to complete the adjustment of the expansion plan, ensuring efficiency, especially in land use in the north and the south of the airport./.