Deputy PM calls for early study on Noi Bai Airport expansion

Friday, 2018-10-12 17:06:54
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung visits the air traffic control zone at Noi Bai Airport. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to promptly undertake a study of the Noi Bai Airport upgrade and expansion plan so that it could handle up to100 million passengers per year by 2050.

He warned that overloading and degradation are expected to quicken in the future and if no prompt repairs and upgrades are carried out, it will adversely affect the development of Hanoi and the whole country.

Deputy PM Dung made the statement while inspecting the airport serving Hanoi on October 12.

He stated that the upgrade plan for Noi Bai must be completed by June 2019 to report to the Prime Minister and seek the National Assembly’s approval so that the project can be implemented during the 2021-2030 period.

For the parts that have been broken, the Deputy PM requested immediate repairs in order to avoid more serious damage.

According to Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam Dinh Viet Thang, Noi Bai Airport is already overburdened as it had to handle nearly 24 million passengers in 2017 while its current capacity is only 21 million.

Under the current plan for Noi Bai, the airport would be able to handle 20-25 million by 2020, 35 million by 2030 and 50 million by 2030 but Deputy Transport Minister Le Dinh Tho said it is already outdated.

The rapid growth of Vietnam’s aviation sector in recent years has made several airports overloaded, notably Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Earlier this month, the MOT unveiled a plan to upgrade Tan Son Nhat Airport with a third runway, raising its total capacity to 50 million, while preparations are also under way to build Long Thanh as the main airport serving Vietnam’s economic hub in the future.