|Overview of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airport is proposed to be expanded to better meet demand. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Airports Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) has proposed expansion of the Tan Son Nhat international airport in HCM City to meet increased passenger demand.
Airports Corporation executives met with the Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang, on Wednesday.
Last year, the airport serviced nearly 20 million passengers, with a maximum of 550 flights per day, Nguyen Nguyen Hung, chairman of ACV's board, told the minister.
More daily flights are needed to service demand, Hung said.
He also noted that the proposed Long Thanh International Airport, which was expected to reduce demand at Tan Son Nhat, was still under consideration.
Tan Son Nhat has 40 aircraft parking spots, but it needs 60-65 spots in order to service 26 million passengers a year, according to Hung.
If the remaining land and part of the land fund for national defence were used, an additional 21 spots could be built, according to ACV.
Under the proposed plan, Tan Son Nhat's international terminal will be expanded to make space for an additional 40 check-in desks, while the domestic terminal will be extended by 3,900 sq metres.
Minister Thang said the ACV should evaluate the entire plan and develop an overall strategy for the airport. — VNS