Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered competent authorities to begin the construction of the third terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City within the third quarter of 2022.
The construction of T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport must start in this year’s third quarter, PM Chinh said, adding that the facility should be put into operation in September 2024.
In 2020, the government approved the runway upgrading works and investment in the construction of T3 – the airport’s third terminal – in order to boost the capacity of the airdrome, which has been overloaded in recent years.
The terminal building plan, however, failed to follow the original schedule due to several problems related to its location and traffic projects surrounding the airport.
Addressing these issues, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of National Defense to work with relevant parties to hand over 16.05 hectares of land under its management to facilitate the terminal project and another 11.89 hectares for the building of a nearby road.
The T3 terminal project costs VND10.99 trillion (US4470.5 million), funded by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV)’s budget.
The construction is expected to last 37 months.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport currently has two terminals, with T1 terminal serving domestic flights and T2 handling international flights.
T1 terminal can serve up to 15 million passengers a year, while T2 terminal can provide service to 10 million passengers per annum.
T3 terminal will also handle domestic flights, easing pressure on the T1 that is currently overcrowded with passengers during the summer holiday and thus improving service quality.
Once operational, the new facility is expected to serve up to 20 million passengers annually.
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