Long Thanh Airport designs displayed to gather public feedback

Tuesday, 2016-11-29 17:49:35
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A swallow-shaped design of Long Thanh Airport
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NDO—Nine short-listed designs for Long Thanh Airport, to be constructed in the southern province of Dong Nai, are being showcased for public feedback before the final plan is selected.

Once completed, Long Thanh will replace Tan Son Nhat as the main airport serving Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces.

The project was approved by the National Assembly in 2015 as Tan Son Nhat is constantly overloaded, with passenger numbers far exceeding its original capacity, and the airport is frequently faced with the negative effects of poor infrastructure.

Tan Son Nhat is designed to handle a maximum of 25 million passengers annually, which was previously projected to be reached in 2020, but the airport’s throughput last year already surpassed its capacity.

The airport has been flooded several times due to heavy rains and a crippled drainage system, while the streets leading to Tan San Nhat are frequently congested.

The designs for Long Thanh will be displayed first in Hanoi from November 28 to December 12 and then in Da Nang from December 16-25 before moving to Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City next year.

Based on the feedback from the public and a panel of experts, the final design will be included in the airport’s feasibility report.

One of the designs features the terminals in the shape of a stylised coconut leaf, a tree popular in southern Vietnam, while another is created on the theme of the lotus, the de facto national flower of Vietnam.

Other designs draw the inspiration for the terminals from Vietnam’s natural scenery, such as terraced fields, rugged mountains and even butterflies and swallows.

Long Thanh Airport will be built in three phases, the first including a runway, a terminal and other supporting facilities capable of handling 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year.

The first phase is scheduled to be put into operation in 2025, though the construction date has yet to be determined.

The fully completed airport, consisting of two runways and two terminals, is scheduled for 2050 with an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo.