|Planes parked at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội. The airport needs restructuring to avoid overloading. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng
HÀ NỘI — Unless city authorities restructure Nội Bài International Airport soon, it will face serious overloading over the next few years, Minister of Transport Trương Quang Nghĩa warned at a recent meeting.
Chairman of the Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung committed to put forward about VNĐ30 billion (US$1.3 million) for the re-planning of Nội Bài Airport.
General Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) Đinh Việt Thắng said Nội Bài International Airport now has two runways. The T1 domestic terminal expansion project, designed to accommodate 15 million passengers per year, is underway by the Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) and is expected to be put into use in 2018.
At the same time, Thắng said, ACV plans to expand the T2 international terminal in the period to 2020 with a designed capacity of 15 million passengers per year.
However, based on current calculations and analysis, aviation experts estimate that Nội Bài Airport should be expanded to accommodate capacity of 45 million passengers per year, not just the 30 million projected by the two projects above.
According to the plans, the airplane parking area now has 71 parking spaces. Airport authorities plan to expand this to 86 spaces in the near future.
According to CAAV General Director Đinh Việt Thắng, at present, Nội Bài airport receives 25 million passengers every year. The figure is estimated to grow to 34.5 million passengers in 2020, 54 million in 2025, and 65 million in 2030.
He also expressed his opinion that the Government-approved master plan in 2009 for the development of the country’s aviation industry by 2020 with a vision towards 2030 was no longer appropriate for the current situation. This master plan predicted that by 2030, Nội Bài airport would reach 50 million passengers per year.
The Ministry of Transport allows Nội Bài International Airport to hire foreign consultant units to review and develop plans to raise the airport’s capacity to 80-100 million passengers per year in the long-term development project.
With current trends, Thắng said that it was necessary to expand Nội Bài airport’s infrastructure in order to meet an increased capacity of 80-100 million passengers per year in the future.
The CAAV General Director also proposes that the Ministry of Transport and Hà Nội People’s Committee unanimously draw up plans for land fund for resettlement areas and plans for compensation and site clearance to implement the expansion. — VNS