|The cleared ground at Long Thành International Airport for construction to begin. — VNA/VNS Photo|
ĐỒNG NAI — The southern province of Đồng Nai will complete the handover of cleared ground for the first-stage construction of Long Thành International Airport within the first quarter of this year, the provincial People’s Committee said on Tuesday.
According to the committee, the first stage of the project needs over 2,530 hectares of land. To date, more than 2,450 hectares, or nearly 97 per cent, have been handed over to the Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) – the investor of the project.
However, Võ Tấn Đức, Vice Chairman of Đồng Nai Province People's Committee, said the process of land acquisition, compensation, support, resettlement in the project remained quite slow, noting that the coordination between relevant authorities and Long Thành District was not good enough.
Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Trần Hồng Hà announced the conclusion of the implementation progress of the Long Thành airport project, in which he urged Đồng Nai to make efforts to ensure the complete handover of the entire cleared ground for the first phase in the first quarter and the site for two routes linking to the airport before May 30.
Covering a total area of more than 5,580 hectares, the Long Thành international airport will spread across six communes in Long Thành District, Đồng Nai Province. The airport’s total investment is VNĐ336.63 trillion (US$14.2 billion), with construction divided into three phases.
In the first phase, a runway and one passenger terminal along with other supporting facilities will be built at a cost of VNĐ109.1 trillion to serve 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year.
The project started in 2021. Once fully completed by 2050, the airport will be able to handle 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo annually.
Located 40km east of HCM City, the airport is expected to relieve overloading at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport in the southern metropolis, now the country’s largest airport. — VNS