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Deputy PM Dung inspects Tan Son Nhat airport overload

The deputy PM made the remark on August 11 as he visited Ho Chi Minh City’s airport to learn about its overload.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAA), passenger throughput at Tan Son Nhat Airport in the first half of 2016 reached 16 million, up 31% from the previous year, and could hit 31 million by the end of the year.

The CAA predicts that the number of passengers will reach between 50 and 65 million in 2025.

Tan Son Nhat Airport is designed to have a maximum annual capacity of 25 million passengers but has become overloaded. Last year it handled up to 26.5 million passengers.

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to transfer about 19.7 hectares of its managed land to the Ministry of Transport, where 30 plane parking stands will be constructed.

The Ministry of Defence has also agreed to the plan to widen Hoang Hoa Tham Street and build a new road running parallel with Cong Hoa Street from the Phan Thuc Duyen intersection through the military land to a Tan Son Nhat terminal.

A new airport serving Ho Chi Minh City has been planned in neighbouring Dong Nai province but construction has not started yet and the airport will not be put into operation before 2025.

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