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Ho Chi Minh City authorities ask local airport to build bus stop at domestic terminal

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 09:38 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City authorities ask local airport to build bus stop at domestic terminal
Taxis pick up passengers in lane D at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has requested Tan Son Nhat International Airport to adjust the traffic lanes and install a new bus stop at its domestic terminal.

In a recent document, the transport department asked operators of the airdrome to provide more favorable conditions for vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers at its domestic terminal.

Accordingly, a bus station needs to be established in lane B to encourage people to use public transport when traveling to and from the airport, which will help lower the number of personal vehicles and mitigate traffic jams in the city.

The airport should also arrange a part of lane C for taxicabs to pick up passengers, as the recent rearrangement of traffic lanes at the terminal has forced customers to catch their cabs on nearby Truong Son Street, which resulted in congestion.

A CCTV system must be installed along the airport’s internal roads to assist traffic police in detecting and penalizing violators.

The transport department also urged the airport to build footbridges and tunnels on the premises, as well as two additional elevators at its multi-story parking lot as soon as possible.

Tan Son Nhat previously began rearranging traffic in four automobile lanes at its domestic terminal on November 14.

Lane A, located next to the terminal, is reserved for passenger drop-off only. Vehicles entering this lane are only allowed to park for a brief period to drop off passengers and their luggage.

Lane B and C, meanwhile, are designed for automobiles that are not taxicabs or vehicles of transport businesses to pick up passengers.

Drivers of local taxi lines and contracted transport businesses are required to pick up their passengers in lane D, which runs through the airport’s multi-story parking lot.

Drivers of such ride-hailing apps as Grab and Be are instructed to wait for their passengers on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the parking lot.

Each driver must also pay a VND25,000 (US$1) fee to be able to enter the parking garage, which is later added directly to the bill of their passengers.

Aside from a higher overall fare, passengers of these ride-hailing apps also struggle to walk from the domestic terminal to the upper floors of the parking lot, especially along with bulky baggage, while the two elevators are always crowded.

Many cab drivers and passengers have been complaining about the inconvenience brought about by the new regulations.

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