HCMC – Vietnam Airlines has plans to invest VND9.9 trillion to become a ground services provider for aviation fuel, in-flight meals, duty-free sales and ground technical, cargo terminal, aviation logistics and waiting lounge services at the Long Thanh International Airport project, which is under construction in the southern province of Dong Nai.
In its development strategy for 2021-2030, Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiaries will set aside resources to get involved in projects to develop and exploit infrastructure at the airport, providing services for itself and other carriers, the local media reported.
Of the required investment, 30% will be sourced from Vietnam Airlines and the remainder will come from loans.
Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiaries can either develop facilities at the airport or cooperate with the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to set up joint stock or limited liability companies to conduct the work.
The national flag carrier also proposed the competent agencies issue special policies for it and other members of the Vietnam Airlines Group, including Pacific Airlines and the Vietnam Air Services Company so that they can have enough infrastructure and land for their services at the airport.
At first, the air carrier expected to be allocated a dedicated area at the airport to build a hangar for aircraft maintenance.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines’ proposal is reasonable as ground services are associated with transport services. However, the airline must participate in the competitive tender process.