Tan Son Nhat airport (Source: VNA)

Hano​i (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen
Xuan Phuc has agreed to hire foreign consultants to consider the expansion of
the Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City without limitation in
land use planning.

The move is in line with Article 26 of the Law
on Bidding on hiring international consultants in special cases.

consultants will also be hired to assess the use of land for the aviation sector
and build plans for the airport expansion along with adjusting the airport’s
master plan as well as related development plans in the area to both the north
and the south.

The Ministry of Transport will chair over the
selection of competent, prestigious and experienced foreign consultants
according to the country’s legal regulations.

The ministry was also tasked to decide on the use
of funding sourced by the Vietnam Airports Corporation’s development investment
fund with advice from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of
Justice, and the Ministry of Finance.


The transport ministry has to take legal
responsibilities for the selection of overseas consultants as well as its decisions
on the aforesaid issues, and report to the Government leader in December 2017.

The ministry was also asked to closely work with
the Ministry of National Defense and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City
to create the best conditions for the selected foreign consultant(s) to perform
their work.

Tan Son Nhat airport, with a designed capacity
of 25 million passengers, handled 32.5 million passengers in 2016. The
expansion plan is expected to enable the airport to serve 40-45 million
passengers per year.-VNA