The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) says it will upgrade several airports in the country, including Long Thanh Int’l, between 2018-2025 to meet rapidly growing demand, while Vietnam Airlines has recently signed an agreement to build a new logistics hub in Can Tho City.
In all the ACV (a joint stock company majority held by the government) will spend some VND56.7 trillion (US$2.4 billion) upgrading the country’s two busiest – Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat (SGN) and Hanoi’s Noi Bai (HAN) – along with Danang, Chu Lai, Phu Bai, Cat Bi, Phu Quoc, Cam Ranh, Vinh, Lien Khuong, Tuy Hoa, Con Dao and Dong Hoi.
Included in this is the first phase of the new Ho Chi Minh City airport – Long Thanh International Airport – where ACV will invest more than VND 92.1 trillion in the passenger terminal, airfield and cargo terminal during the first phase, which will be completed in 2025. By the time the third phase is completed in 2050 the airport will have a capacity of 100 million passengers per year.
ACV also has plans to develop new passenger terminals at Dien Bien, Na San and Lao Cai airports. According to ACV, the total number of air passengers at airports in Vietnam may reach some 137 million, with an average annual growth rate of 10 per cent, by 2021. By 2025, these figures may increase to 185 million and 7.0 per cent, respectively.
Meanwhile, Vietnam Airlines (VNA) earlier signed an agreement in mid-August with the Can Tho City People’s Committee to build an aviation logistics centre in the city, covering an area of some 27 hectares near Can Tho International Airport (VCA), in the country’s Mekong Delta region. The facility will have a capacity of at least 600,000 tonnes per year.
Under the agreement, municipal authorities will create favourable conditions in providing planning information, offer instructions for VNA to complete investment procedures and carry out the project in compliance with prevailing regulations.
VNA is in charge of conducting essential studies and surveys to start construction, with the carrier partnering Japan’s Konoike Group for feasibility assessments of the project.
Trinh Hong Quang, deputy general director of VNA, said that the logistics centre is expected to generate substantial revenue for the carrier in the coming years, as the local logistics sector is witnessing an impressive growth of 15-20 per cent growth per year, according to a Saigon Times report.
The logistics centre will also serve as a crucial infrastructure facility for the Mekong Delta city and greater region, connecting it with both domestic and international cities Quang said, adding that Vietnam Airlines will begin new routes from Can Tho City. Trinh said the corporation opened three logistics centres at Noi Bai (SGN), Tan Son Nhat (HAN) and Da Nang (DAD) international airports, but it is difficult to expand these centres due to the lack of land.
According to Nguyen Cao Cuong, general director of Tan Son Nhat Cargo Service Joint Stock Company, cargo throughout at the Can Tho International Airport is currently 4,200 tonnes per year.
VNA currently operates a fleet of 57 A321-200s with orders for 18 A321neos, three A330-200s, 12 A350-900 with orders for two more, 11 B787-9 with orders for eight B787-10s (deliveries from 2019), and three ATR 72-500s.