|A bus on route No 152 is pictured at the international terminal of Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport in HCM City. Photo: tuoitre.vn|
HCM CITY — To avoid disorder and traffic jams at Tân Sơn Nhất Airport, experts recommend that the city open more bus routes at the airport.
Nguyễn Văn Quyền, chairman of the Việt Nam Automobile Transport Association told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that public buses are an effective mode of transportation with low fares, and the ability to carry a lot passengers. One bus can replace dozens of taxis and personal cars which would help to ease congestion at the airport.
The plan to develop public transport and limit personal cars is also a goal of the Government for big cities. Therefore, in the coming time, Tân Sơn Nhất Airport needs to open more bus lanes at the airport to meet travel demand, he added.
Vũ Anh Tuấn, director of the Transport Research Center of Vietnamese-Germany University, said that it is necessary to develop a bus system to transport passengers at the airport.
"Tân Sơn Nhất Airport is the second largest in our country, therefore public transport must meet people's needs," said Tuấn.
In April, two bus routes, 152 and 72-1 started operating at the domestic terminal of Tân Sơn Nhất Airport.
Bus route No 152 connects the report with Trung Sơn residential area in Bình Chánh District.
The route operates from 5:30am to 7:00pm daily, with tickets costing VNĐ5,000 (US$0.2) per passenger.
Route No 72-1 links the airport with Vũng Tàu Bus Station in Vũng Tàu City, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province.
The fare for this bus route is VNĐ160,000 ($7) per passenger.
The airport has calculated that if volume rises to more than 60,000 passengers per day, there would be a shortage of 1,100 taxis, either traditional or app-based.
Tân Sơn Nhất Airport was designed to have an annual capacity of 25 million passengers by 2020, but by 2017 the number had topped 40 million. VNS