Long Thanh airport’s first phase slated to become operational in Q4 2025

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has requested extra efforts to put the first phase of the Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai into operation in the fourth quarter of 2025.

He urged investors of the four component projects to complete the construction and installation of equipment before March 31, 2025, and conduct the trial run in the second quarter of 2025.

Relevant agencies and units should closely coordinate with Dong Nai to complete ground clearance in 2021 as directed by the Government and the National Assembly, The stressed.

He also asked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM), the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau to urgently make reports on the implementation of the project. The report should states difficulties, problems, along with proposals and recommendations to address them.

ACV has to date completed bomb and mine clearance for more than one quarter of the total area of the first phase and constructed more than 1,750m of boundary walls. It is expected to complete the construction of all 8,668m of walls surrounding the area in September and bomb and mine clearance in December.

A consulting consortium led by the Republic of Korea’s Heerim Architects & Planners was chosen to design the passenger terminal of the first phase. Technical design work began in May and is expected to be completed and approved soon so that construction on the terminal can start in February 2022.

According to the ACV, the Long Thanh International Airport will be built in three phases over three decades. In the first phase, one runway with a length of 4,000m, taxiways, an apron, and a passenger terminal with other auxiliary works sprawling 373,000sq.m will be built to serve 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year.

The airport, which was expected to cost VND336.63 trillion (US$14.5 billion), is designed to have four runways, four passenger terminals, and other auxiliary facilities to ensure a capacity of 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo a year by 2040.

Located 40km to the east of Ho Chi Minh City, Long Thanh airport is expected to relieve overloading at Tan Son Nhat international airport in the southern metropolis, now the country’s largest airport.