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Work starts on $196mn airport expansion project in Hanoi

Work starts on $196mn airport expansion project in Hanoi

Monday, May 20, 2024, 11:55 GMT+7
Work starts on $196mn airport expansion project in Hanoi
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a project expanding Terminal T2 at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, May 19, 2024. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh kicked off a US$196 million project expanding Terminal T2, the international terminal at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, on Sunday afternoon, with the goal of increasing the airport’s capacity from 25 million to 30 million passengers per year.

The government leader set a target of completing the project in late 2025.

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the investor of the project, was told to ensure the process and quality of the project as well as utilize its capital source.

The terminal is set to have its capacity increase to 15 million passengers a year, with a total capital of nearly VND5 trillion ($196.4 million), financed by ACV.

The prime minister asked contractors to mobilize enough machines, equipment, and workers to speed up the project.

ACV chairman Lai Xuan Thanh stated that package 12, encompassing construction and equipment installation, is the primary and most critical component of the airport expansion project.

The main package will cost VND4.6 trillion ($181 million).

Terminal T2 at Noi Bai International Airport was put into service in January 2015. The terminal features four floors and spans some 139,000 square meters, carrying a price tag of VND18 trillion ($707.2 million) sourced from official development assistance (ODA) loans.

An overall view of Terminal T2 at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: ACV

An overall view of Terminal T2 at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: ACV

The terminal was designed to handle 10 million passengers a year from 2015 to 2020, and can be expanded to serve 15 million passengers per year for the 2020-30 period.

It served 11.4 million passengers in 2019, surpassing its capacity.

Therefore, ACV reported the overload facing the terminal to the Commission for the Management of State Capital at Enterprises, the Ministry of Transport, and the municipal administration while mapping out a plan to widen the terminal.

Once in place, the expanded Terminal T2 will cover a total area of 200,100 square meters.

Notably, the number of check-in counters will be increased to 120 from the current 24.

The terminal currently has 24 automatic check-in kiosks, and the number will be raised to 34 after the expansion.

Besides, 14 passenger boarding bridges will be added to the expanded terminal to take the total number to 29.

Apart from Terminal T2, Noi Bai International Airport has Terminal T1, which serves domestic flights. Terminal T1 covers 115,000 square meters and can handle 15 million passengers a year.

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Tieu Bac - Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre News

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