The project expanding Tan Son Nhat Airport worth VND 2.3 trillion (USD 105.8 million) of Ho Chi Minh City will be launched in mid of this month, Saigon Times reported.
When the project is completed, about 26 months later, the airport will be able to receive 13 million passengers a year comparing with 10 million passengers in the current time. Mr. Le Manh Hung, CEO of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
This project is part of a larger plan to upgrade the capacity of the country’s largest airport to 26 million passengers a year. Tan Son Nhat International Airport terminals reached their designed capacity of 20 million passengers in 2013, three years earlier than expected.
Tan Son Nhat Airport received over 22 million passengers last year.
According to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the domestic terminal will also be expanded and will have many more parking spaces.
Meanwhile, lawmakers are expected to vote later this month on government plans for construction of Long Thanh International Airport with an investment of more than 15.8 billion dollars in Dong Nai province to replace Tan Son Nhat.
Under the plan, 11 percent of the fund will come from the State budget and the remainder from international banks and private investors.
Long Thanh International Airport is designed to serve 38 million passengers per year when it goes into operation in 2025.