Major Tan Son Nhat Expansion to Be Carried out This Year

Daily News - Saigon/HCMC: May 21, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport is notorious for being overloaded in every possible way an airport can be: the traffic, queues and waits for flights can all be hard to handle. Municipal authorities could not but notice the constantly congested traffic around the airport as well as the increasing number of delays and queue time before takeoff and landing. The flooding issues on the runway only add to their pile of problems.

Twenty Hectares of Military Land Transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport

While the government is currently finding solutions for the street congestion around the airport, a land transfer made by the Ministry of Defense on 21 February 2017 will allow for a major expansion of the airport’s capacities. Twenty hectares of military land adjacent to the Tan Son Nhat airport will serve to build 30 to 35 new airport aprons (housing facilities for airplanes) and a new taxiway.

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According to Lai Xuan Thanh, the head of the Ministry of Transport’s Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), 67 airport aprons will be necessary to manage the anticipated traffic; currently, Tan Son Nhat has only 52 at its disposal.

Reasonable Hopes for 2018

Thanh stated that both the taxiway and the additional airplane aprons should be completed by 2018’s Lunar New Year. Although this news leaves Ho Chi Minh CIty residents worried about this year’s even bigger overstrain, 2018 could be the year where the city’s air traffic goes back to normal.

At the moment, Tan Son Nhat has the yearly capacity to serve 25 million passengers, an impressive number in itself, but far too little when authorities consider the 32 million passengers served last year (2015: 26.5 million). These rapidly growing numbers make the airport one of Southeast Asia’s main air traffic hubs.