Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was present as ground was broken for the first phase of Long Thanh International Airport, situated near Ho Chi Minh City.
The initial project, scheduled to be completed by 2025, will include the construction of a 4,000 metre runway and a 373,000 sq metre terminal building plus additional buildings for ancillary services and facilities. Cost of the initial project is estimated at VND 109,112 billion (approx £3.5 billion, US$4.6 billion).
The new airport is designed to become an International Hub catering for international flights from a number of airlines and domestic flights for Vietnam Airlines only. Long Thanh is designed to complement HCMC Tan Son Nhat International Airport and is not intended to be a replacement.
There are additional plans to eventually expand the airport to 4 runways, 4 terminals and additional buildings to handle up to 100 million passengers a 5 million tons of cargo a year by 2040.
Picture credits Airports Corporation of Vietnam
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