HCMC – The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport expand the existing passenger terminal of the Con Dao airport instead of building another one, to raise the airport’s capacity to two million passengers per year.
The passenger terminal, with a designed capacity of 400,000 passengers a year, is expected to serve some one million passengers this year, while the airport has four aprons to receive ATR72 aircraft or equivalents.
ACV is focusing on the Long Thanh international airport project in Dong Nai Province and some projects to upgrade the key airports, leading to a limited capital source. As such, ACV proposed utilizing the current infrastructure to save investment capital.
Under its proposal, the terminal will be widened to over 6,000 square meters to serve 800 passengers per rush hour. After the expansion, the airport can serve two million passengers per year until 2030. When the number of passengers surges, a plan to build a new passenger terminal will begin. Meanwhile, the current terminal will be converted into a cargo one.
The terminal expansion project will cost over VND388 billion and be executed in 24 months, the local media reported.
In 2021, the Ministry of Transport approved raising the capacity of the Con Dao airport to two million passengers per year by 2030, as part of the Con Dao airport upgrade project, which will cost over VND3.7 trillion.