Vietnam rushes to expand international terminals
Vietnam is boosting the expansion of international terminals to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country in general and provinces in particular, while simultaneously meeting the increasing demand for air transportation.
Cam Ranh International Airport.
Cam Ranh International Terminal Joint Stock Company (CRTC) has submitted the Ministry of Transport plans to construct a VND3.4 trillion (US$152.5 million) new international terminal in Cam Ranh international airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa.
Once approval, construction will be kicked off in September and completed within 16 months, in December 2017.
Once the new terminal comes into commercial operation, it will relieve the overload of the existing terminal. Notably, the airport currently has a maximum capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year. During the last years, the passenger amount has been on a continuous growth of 30-60% per year. In 2015, the terminal received over 2.7 million passengers, exceeding its current capacity by nearly 50%.
According to plans, the new terminal will be able to handle four million passengers by 2025, and eight million after 2030.
Covering an area of 52,000 square metres, the terminal has two separate levels, one for departures and the other for arrivals, approach roads, a car parking area, and other facilities.
Besides, the terminal would be equipped with 80 check-in counters arranged in four rows, 10 boarding gates, four jet ways, four arrival luggage belts, and two departure luggage carousels.
On May 12, Cat Bi international airport in the northern port city of Haiphong began operations after undergoing upgrades for more than two years. It is expected to help not only Haiphong, but also the northern coastal region to realise their potentials and maximise strengths.
Cat Bi is now a 4E-level international airport under the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, a first-level military airport, and a standby for Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport.
In the first quarter of this year, the airport welcomed 363,600 passengers, up 48.7% and hauled 1.610 tonnes of cargo, up 15% on-year.
By 2020, the number of passengers is expected to reach 2.3 million, while the amount of cargo will top at 11,000 tonnes.
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