The airport, to be built in three phases, is expected to be fully operational by 2035, with an annual capacity of 100 million passengers.
With an investment of more than US$10 billion and covering more than 5,000 hactares, Long Thanh is expected to become a competitive international airport and a key entry point to Southeast Asia.
Located 43km from Ho Chi Minh City, its will serve 90 per cent of international and 20 per cent of domestic flights, diverting traffic from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City.
The HCM City airport, which now serves 12 million domestic and international passengers a year, may be used as a standby airport beyond 2035, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Covering 5,000ha, Long Thanh would take up 20 per cent of the total land area of 10 international airports to be built according to the Government's plan until 2030, transport minsiter Thang said.
More than $6.7 billion will be spent on ground clearance and construction during the first phase. Airport capacity will double after the second phase and will be completed by 2030.
At full capacity, the airport is expected to receive A380 and A900 aircraft and serve 5 million tonnes of cargo every year. (from Asiapulse)
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