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Nation's biggest airport adds new domestic terminal section

Update: April, 23/2014 - 09:28
Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCM City had started the expansion of the domestic terminal to increase its capacity to 5 million passengers a year, the Airports Corporation of Viet Nam has announced. — VNA/ VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCM City had started the expansion of the domestic terminal to increase its capacity to 5 million passengers a year, the Airports Corporation of Viet Nam has announced.

The newly-constructed Departure Hall A, put into use on Monday, is the first phase of a project intended to upgrade and expand the entire domestic terminal, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted the corporation as saying.

Spanning 2,140 square metres, the new section consists of check-in rows, luggage carousels and offices. There are also four airport body scanners, six boarding gates and six baggage-scanning systems.

Jetstar Pacific and VietJet Air began using the new section on the same day.

The old section will be renovated and is expected to be put back into use within the next four months.

In the second phase of the expansion project, the waiting area at the domestic terminal will be enlarged by 2,000 square metres, while a technical section will also be built.

Once completed, the upgraded domestic terminal will cover 39,450sq.m and handle 4,500 passengers per hour during peak periods. The expanded terminal will be able to handle 12 million passengers a year.

Tan Son Nhat, Viet Nam's largest airport, hit the milestone of welcoming 20 million passengers last year, two years ahead of schedule.

Forty-four airlines offer domestic and international services to and from the airport. — VNS

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