World News – AU – Vietnam begins construction of its largest airport

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Hanoi | Vietnam will begin construction of the first phase of its largest airport near its commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City, on Tuesday to accelerate public investment and prop up economic growth amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The first phase of Long Thanh Airport in Dong Nai Province is $ 4. 66 billion ($ 5). 97 billion) and will be operational by 2025, the government said in a statement on its website.

The completed Long Thanh Airport near Ho Chi Minh City will replace Tan Son Nhat Airport as Vietnam’s main international airport.

It will include a four-kilometer runway, terminal and related facilities that can serve and handle 1 25 million passengers. 2 million tons of cargo per year, it was said.

« The construction of the airport is an important step to stimulate public investment and reduce the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, » Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in the statement.

The entire project, if fully operational, could serve 100 million passengers a year at a cost of $ 16 billion, the government said.

It would become a major transportation hub for international passengers, the government said, adding that the nearby Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, which has been congested since 2015, would be used as a domestic airport.

Long Thanh International Airport, Vietnam, Long Thành District, Tan Son Nhat International Airport

World News – AU – Vietnam begins construction of its largest airport

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