The Hanoitimes - With more people than ever flying, cities around the world are building new airports and upgrading old terminals to create facilities capable of handling tens of millions of passengers.
Long Thanh International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has been named among 16 most exciting airport projects under construction or redevelopment people can’t wait to fly into, according to CNN, a US news-based cable and satellite television channel.
A new airport to replace the cramped, outdated facilities at Ho Chi Minh City’s exciting airport has been needed for a long time. Built during the Vietnam War, and surrounded by the city, it’s already handling five million more passengers per year than it was designed for.
Long Thanh International Airport. Photo: CNN
“With a growing number of visitors to the country, and the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, growing its operations, the government has brought forward construction of a new airport to be known as Long Thanh International. It will be located 25 miles to the east of the city, with an eventual capacity for 100 million passengers per year. It’s expected to open in 2025,” CNN wrote.
Istanbul New Airport tops the list, followed by Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai), Singapore Changi Airport, LaGuardia Airport (New York), Beijing Daxing International Airport (China), Western Sydney Airport, etc.
Earlier, the Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) 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.
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 ACV is preparing for the construction of the airport to begin at the end of 2020. The airport will be completed and put into use in 2025 at the latest.