#iAMHCMC News: Noi Bai Airport expansion
As a result of existing overload at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat international airport and the rapidly growing travel demand, Vietnam is working on the expansion plan of Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, which has been referred to as “the other controversial Long Thanh international airport project”. The proposed expansion of Noi Bai airport would affect 300 households in Huong Gia hamlet, Phu Cuong commune. According to Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the expansion is extremely necessary, as Noi Bai not only serves the domestic demand but also works as an international entrepot. The airport, which has a designed capacity of 25 million passengers, is forecast to handle 18-19 million passengers this year. With the rising numbers of travellers set to continue, it is forecast to suffer overloads in the next two to three years. “It’s time for Vietnam to make preparations for a feasibility report for the Noi Bai expansion project, otherwise it will experience a similar situation to Tan Son Nhat international airport, which is becoming overloaded amid sluggish development of the Long Thanh airport project,” he explained. Tran Van Thong, head of Huong Gia hamlet of Phu Cuong commune, said that, “Huong Gia is home to more than 900 households, of which 300 are listed in the site clearance plan for the Noi Bai expansion. The total cleared area could cover over 30ha.” However, Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of the CAAV, told VIR that, “The expansion has been planned for years with careful consideration given to future outlooks. The attractiveness of the project will be clearer when the feasibility study is carried out.”
Work starts on $490 mln tourism complex in Da Nang
An artist's imression of Cocobay resort complex. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A Vietnamese developer has kicked off construction of a resort and entertainment complex in the central city Da Nang at an estimated cost of nearly VND11 trillion (US$490.6 million). Described as being inspired by Las Vegas, the famous resort city in the US, the 31-hectare Cocobay will have two hotels, a beach club, restaurants and both indoor and outdoor theaters, news website VnExpress said. Its first stage will be ready next year. The developer Empire Group was spun off from Thanh Do Construction and Development JSC earlier this year, according to the company's website. Thanh Do is best known for the Ho Tay Water Park in Hanoi and the resort NamAn Retreat in Da Nang.