Aerial view of Long Thanh airport terminal construction site. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan
Construction of two airport terminals, HCMC Tan Son Nhat Airport and Dong Nai Long Thanh Airport, worth a total of more than VND45 trillion ($1.89 billion), begins on Thursday.
The Long Thanh Airport terminal will cost VND35 trillion, span 150 hectares and include four floors that can accommodate 40 aircraft gates. Its opening is scheduled for 2026.
The terminal, considered the “heart” of the airport itself, features a lotus-themed design and will be equipped with artificial waterfalls and gardens.
Apart from the terminal, the new Long Thanh Airport will also see a 4,000m landing strip and other infrastructure to be built. The accompanying infrastructure is expected to cost more than 10 trillion dong.
The construction unit of the terminal would be the Vietur consortium, made up of 10 members, including national contractors like Ricos, Newtecons, Sol E&C, Vinaconex and CC1. The main unit would be the Turkish construction company Ic Istas.
Long Thanh Airport is expected to have a capacity to transport 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo per year, replacing Tan Son Nhat, located less than 50 km away, as Vietnam’s largest airport. The airport has a total investment capital of approximately $16 billion.
At the same time, the construction of Tan Son Nhat Airport Terminal T3 will also start. It will have high-rise car parks, a system of viaducts and other infrastructure and services. The total investment cost will amount to 10.99 trillion VND, and construction will take approximately 20 months and will be ready for operation in the second quarter of 2025.
The terminal will have five floors, including one underground. The total floor area will be approximately 112,500 m2. Once completed, the terminal will be for domestic use with a capacity of 20 million passengers per year.