|The HCM Area and Approach Control Centre in Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport. Việt Nam Air Traffic Management Corporation plans to build an air traffic control centre to respond to rising demand for navigation services.—Photo Vietnamnet|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – The Việt Nam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) has submitted a plan to the Ministry of Construction to build an air traffic control centre in HCM City with a total cost of VNĐ1.4 trillion (US$61.7 million).
According to VATM, the number of flights operating within the Hà Nội and HCM City flight regions is increasing rapidly.
By the end of last year, VATM handled around 800,000 flights, and by 2030 the number is expected to be 1 million.
“Given the current growth rate, the air traffic management output will reach 1 million flights by 2020 and 1.8 million flights by 2030, doubling our forecast in 2009,” a VATM official said.
Along with the fast growth of registered aircraft for navigation services, VATM said demand for technology upgrades as well as flight safety and security enhancements are among the main reasons for the group to upgrade services.
The 12-year-old HCM Area and Approach Control Centre’s technology and equipment will soon be outdated and its infrastructure is declining.
If the plan is approved, the new facility will be built with loans and the group’s capital.
Construction is scheduled for three years, starting around the first quarter of 2018. — VNS