NA to consider feasibility study of Long Thanh Airport in October

Middlemen and real estate brokers are making false offers for houses and lands around Long Thanh Airport project, Dong Nai Province, to trick buyers. Advertising boards can be seen along the Highway 51 that runs through Loc An and Binh Son communes. On Road 769, there are even "real estate cafes" where brokers gather to promote their products and consult buyers. An advertising board claims that they have land that is only 1km away from the airport project but adjacent to the Long Thanh District People's Committee's headquarters which are dozens of kilometres away from the airport. When being questioned, a seller said the land was 5km away from the airport and next to Phuoc Thai Commune People's Committee. Cat, a broker, said, "This is a good time to buy because the prices are still cheap. You can re-sell the house and land at much higher prices when the market heats up." He went on to promote a land next to the supposed airport's entrance, saying that their lands are in the 21,000 hectare area planned for the airport. He also said half of their land lots had been sold at VND500m for 100 square metres but now buyers have to go around a cemetery to reach a deserted area.    In Long Thanh District, many brokers open offices and use a fake Long Thanh Airport plan and Long Thanh District urban plans, to trick buyers. Truong Van Phuong, head of Long Thanh Department of Natural Resources and Environment said…... [read more]

Hanoi has revealed the design for its largest theater – a six-story building with six giant lotus flowers rising up from a lake. In a country where more than half of the population is online most of the day, the project has once again started a lot of chatter. A common theme seems to be people asking if the spending is necessary, or if the money should be used for schools, hospitals and roads. But this time, there’s a new debate that can be summed up in one word: “Again?” The public appears to have had enough of lotus-inspired constructions. The transport ministry has also chosen a lotus-themed design for Long Thanh Airport, a multi-billion dollar international airport in the southern province of Dong Nai that will be the largest in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest skyscraper, Bitexco, also bears the image of a lotus bud. And that's just to name but a few. Members of the public say that the image is being “abused” and is getting “boring”, adding that designs that copy a real object are uncreative and dated. Experts are also objecting to the latest idea. Tran Nhat Khoi, a university lecturer in Hanoi, said designs are often based around a traditional icon, but "it does not have to be a lotus every time,” he told Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper. His colleague Khuat Tan Hung said the designers are applying a biomimetic design, which is not a good idea. He said a successful design should…... [read more]

The winning lotus design for Long Thanh International Airport Terminal has raised concerns that it may prove too costly to implement.     Proposed Long Thanh Airport design Tran Quang Chau, chairman of Vietnam Association on Aviation Science and Technology said the lotus-shaped terminal was chosen because the colour and layout used for each part are harmonious. In addition, people can clearly see that it is designed for large-scale airport and has traditional factors. Lai Xuan Thanh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, said the decision was made after receiving public feedback in Hanoi, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City and from associations such as the Vietnam Association of Architects and the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association. 26 experts from ministries, agencies and professional associations led by Director General of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam Dinh Viet Thang also formed an advisory team to vote on the designs. 59.09% of the attendants voted for the lotus design. Despite the consensus, there are still concerns the design will mean costs will rise. Curved buildings often have more problems with installing equipment. Moreover, the proposed lotus design is not completed and still need further revise so the cost is undecided. Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia estimated that Long Thanh Airport project would cost USD16bn. Nguyen Thanh Trung, former director of Vietnam Airlines, said, "The airports in developed countries in both Europe and Asia have simple designs. Paying too much attention…... [read more]

The organizers – the British Council and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) – said the conference aims to share the knowledge and experience in sustainable architecture of the UK with Vietnam, and help build capacity among young Vietnamese designers and architects. Participants discussed urgent issues related to the current design and architecture sector, such as an international sustainable development model, an urban sustainable development project in Vietnam, a real model on sustainable construction, management of construction projects, and energy use models in Ho Chi Minh City. They have the chance to meet with speakers involved in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, Long Thanh Airport and Thanh Da Peninsula projects. Speaking at the conference, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Antony Stokes emphasized that sustainability plays an important role in daily life, particularly in architecture and construction which seriously affect surrounding environment. On the occasion, the British Council and the UK embassy in Vietnam opened an exhibition on design and green architecture at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition Hall to introduce the UK’s latest inventions on design, architecture and technologies. The exhibition will run until April 20.... [read more]

General Director of Airports Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) Le Manh Hung also made public a ten-year renovation project is planned for the Long Thanh airport. The international airport will increase the number of its left and right terminals to allow for 40 more check-in stalls and the domestic terminal will be extended to have additional floor of space of 3,900 square metres. In the years leading up to 2014, Tan Son Nhat airport has served serving 20 million passengers, operating up to 550 flights per day during peak hours. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang in turn asked the ACV to mobilize social capital sources to invest in upgraded building parking lots.... [read more]

HCM City - The Aviation Airport Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) has started collecting feedback from the local community in HCM City regarding the architectural plan of Long Thành International Airport's passenger terminal from January 12 to 23, 2017. "The Government had appointed the ACV to be the investor for the passenger terminal. We are establishing the feasibility research for the first phase of the Long Thành International Airport's passenger terminal," Đào Việt Dũng, deputy general director of the ACV was quoted as saying on the government website. The ACV had already organised a contest for the architectural plan of the Long Thành International Airport's passenger terminal. There were 16 international and domestic companies taking part in the contest with nine plans. The contest aimed to choose the most beautiful and feasible design that meets all required functions, as well as representing the special characteristics of the construction. The most impressive plans included images of palm branches and water coconut - familiar images of the South's culture - along with a bamboo roof - a Vietnamese symbol - for the public spaces of the Long Thành International Airport's passenger terminal. The collection of suggestions from the local community about architectural plan of the Long Thành International Airport's passenger terminal was held in Hà Nội from November 28 to December 12, 2016, in the central city of Đà Nẵng from December 16 - 25 and in the southern province of Đồng Nai from December 28, 2016 to January 11, 2017. The…... [read more]

Talking with local authorities in Bien Hoa town on October 3, PM Dung said the province with its location in the southern key economic region and a large acreage, that represents one-fourth of the area of the eastern part of southern Vietnam, should make full use of these advantages to develop high-quality industries, services and agriculture. He praised the province for contributing 4 percent to the country’s GDP and standing fifth in State budget remittance. In the context of economic slowdown, the province recorded high economic growth rates and increased the proportion of industries and services, with industry making up 50 percent, services (30 percent) and agriculture (10 percent). In the first nine months of 2009, the province’s GDP reached VND23.6 trillion, posting a year-on-year increase of 8 percent. More than 85,000 labours were provided with jobs, the average income per capita reached US$1,403 per year, and the number of poor families dropped to 6.9 percent. Sharing Dong Nai’s difficulties in infrastructure, the PM said the Government will assist it in investing in infrastructure for industrial zones, and conducting major transport projects such as the Long Thanh-Dau Giay and the Long Thanh airport. He asked the province to pay attention to training human resource, improving management efficiency, renewing regulations in order to facilitate production, exports and investment, and protecting the environment, especially on Dong Nai and Thi Vai rivers. The PM asked relevant ministries and agencies to coordinate with the province in building the Hoa An bridge, establishing a high-tech…... [read more]

At a reception for former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the Japanese parliamentarian delegation in Hanoi on Oct. 25, PM Dung suggested that both countries should join efforts to expand trade and investment to match with their potential. He also proposed the Japanese parliament soon recognise Vietnam as a nation with a market economy and facilitate Vietnam’s agricultural products entering Japan’s market. The PM said he hoped Japan would increase its official development assistance (ODA) capital for Vietnam’s infrastructure projects. Vietnam is ready to cooperate with Japan in the form of public-private partnership (PPP) model to implement the Lach Huyen port construction project in the northern port city of Hai Phong, the North-South highway project, the Long Thanh airport project and others, said PM Dung. He also hoped that the Japanese Government would help Vietnam build a high-quality university in the Mekong delta region. The visit by Hatoyama and the Japanese parliamentarians delegation and the upcoming visit by PM Naoto Kan for the East Asia Summit in Vietnam would bring the two countries’ relationship to a new development level, he said. Hatoyama sent his sympathy to the families of the victims in Vietnam’s central flood-hit region. He said Japan is willing to support Vietnam in human resource training, finance, and atomic nuclear technology transfer and promote defence cooperation with Vietnam to increase security and maintain peace in Asia. Japan is ready to receive Vietnamese nurses to work in the country, Mr. Hatoyama said. He also expressed his interest in…... [read more]

PM Dung expressed his hope that with his prestige, Shinzo Abe’s would contribute to boosting the Vietnam-Japan cooperation in economic, trade and development assistance, focusing on projects agreed by the two countries’ leaders. He expressed his pleasure at the active development of the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially after the recent visit to Vietnam by Japanese PM Naoto Kan. During the visit, many cooperation agreements were signed, including the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Vietnam, a joint venture to exploit rare earth minerals and providing official development assistance for other important projects. Mr. Shinzo Abe said that the Japanese people supported the cooperation to build the North-South highway and railway, the Hoa Lac hi-tech zone, the Lach Huyen port and the Long Thanh airport in Vietnam He asked the Vietnamese government to create more favourable conditions for Japanese enterprises to invest in Vietnam for the long-term and expressed his wish that both countries would continue to discuss how to boost cooperation in energy security and labour. The same day, at a meeting with Mr. Shinzo Abe, Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and standing member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee Sang praised his contribution to boosting the friendship and strategic cooperation between the two countries. He said Vietnam attaches great importance to the development of cooperation with Japan and expressed his joy at the strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia between Vietnam and Japan, which has seen proactive development, contributing to…... [read more]

The plan, devised by the Japan Airport Consultancy Company (JAC) in December 2010, envisages that the 5,000-ha Long Thanh International Airport in Long Thanh district will be built in three phases and completed by 2035. In the first phase to 2020, the airport will have two runways and be able to accommodate the largest passenger aircraft currently flying, including the Airbus A380. By then, it will be able to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year. In the second phase that ends in 2030, the airport will have three runways and improve its capacity to handling 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo a year. In the third phase after 2030, the airport will have four runways and the capacity to serve 100 million passengers and handle five million tonnes of cargo a year. The Ministry of Construction estimates that the first phase will cost about US$6.7 billion, including US$696.5 million for land clearance compensation. In the master plan, the ministry proposed that the investment for building the airport's taking-off and landing areas as well as roads linking to the airport be sourced from the State budget, Government bonds and Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans. The capital for building the airport's passenger and cargo terminals, parking lots and entertainment areas would come from investors and public-private partnerships, the ministry said. The Long Thanh International Airport will be located about 40km from HCM City and 43km from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The…... [read more]

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