The Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport has proposed exempting buses from airport entrance fees at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
The center made the proposal to the municipal Department of Transport due to a rising demand in passengers at the airport.
The center also suggested that the Department of Transport ask its inspectors to enhance the monitoring of bus passenger pick-up and drop-off locations at the airport’s domestic passenger terminal to ensure there is no encroachment.
At present, four bus routes are connected with the airport’s international and domestic passenger terminals, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport.
Of them, two routes are subsidized, including 103 (Cho Lon Coach Station in District 5-Go Vap District) and 152 (Trung Son Residential Area in Binh Chanh District-Ben Thanh Market in District 1-Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Tan Binh District).
The other two are not subsidized. They include 109 (Saigon Bus Station in District 1-Tan Son Nhat International Airport) and 72-1 (Tan Son Nhat International Airport-Vung Tau Coach Station in neighboring Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province).
Subsidized buses are currently subject to an airport entrance fee of VND707,000 (US$29) per month each, while the fee for non-subsidized buses is VND14,000 ($0.6) per trip.
In the January-September period of this year, some 850 passengers used bus services at Tan Son Nhat International Airport each day.
The Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport will coordinate with VinBus Ecology Transport Services Limited Liability Company to launch an electric bus route linking Vinhomes Grand Park, an apartment complex in Thu Duc City, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport to serve local commuters while easing traffic congestion and environmental pollution.