Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has submitted to the Ministry of Construction a request to keep Tan Son Nhat Airport operational even after the new Long Thanh International Airport, 43km east, becomes operational (Vietnam Business News, 03-Mar-2011). The new airport is expected to commence construction in 2018. Phase one will complete in 2020 and phase two by 2035. In the first phase (2020-2030), the airport aims to serve 44.5 million passengers p/a and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo. The USD6 billion project invested by the Southern Airports Corp was approved in 2005.
Government proposes two airports to continue in Ho Chi Minh City
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