PM okays hiring of foreign consultants for Tan Son Nhat airport expansion

(VOVworld) – Minister of Defense Ngo Xuan Lich made a fact finding tour of environmental remediation of dioxin contamination project site at Danang airport on Sunday. The project is implemented by the Air Force Air Defense Command at the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It aims to clean up 90,000 square meters of soil and sediment so that the dioxin concentrations falls below the standards set by the Vietnamese government. The project began in June 2011 and has treated 45,000 square meters of contaminated soil and sediment, part of which are handed over to the Vietnam Airports Corporation to expand the Da Nang international airport by 2017 for the APEC Summit. The second phase treatment is underway and the site restoration and demobilization are expected in 2018.... [read more]

It aims to clean up 90,000 square meters of soil and sediment so that the dioxin concentrations falls below the standards set by the Vietnamese government. The minister asked the concerned parties to carry out effectively and ensure the progress and quality of the second phase, while building and implementing similar projects in Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airports via non-refundable official development assistance (ODA) sponsored by the US and other countries. He suggested stepping up international cooperation to deal with the toxic chemicals at hotspots and newly-discovered contaminated areas. At the same time, it is imperative to promptly provide medical support for the Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims, and improve research and environmental monitoring capacity in the field, he stressed. The project began in June 2011 and has treated 45,000 square meters of contaminated soil and sediment, part of which are handed over to the Vietnam Airports Corporation to expand the Danang international airport by 2017 for the APEC Summit. The second phase treatment is underway and the site restoration and demobilization are expected in 2018.... [read more]

Green light for merger of airports corporations By Binh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Government has approved ‘in principle’ the merger of three airports corporations into Vietnam Airports Corporation as proposed by the Ministry of Transport to better manage and exploit airports across the country. The approval was stated in Document 2447/TTg-DMDN signed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on Wednesday for a plan to restructure 100% state-owned enterprises under the helm of the ministry. The Government gave the ‘go ahead’ signal to the plan more than two months after the ministry had submitted the plan. The Prime Minister also agreed on retaining 100% state ownership at Vietnam Airports Corporation after the merger as well as a number of corporations and one-member limited liability companies under the ministry. In early December, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam mentioned the merger plan to form a corporation with an aim at making the most of all airports in different regions of the country. The ministry submitted the plan to the Government after concerns centered on many loss-running airports, particularly small and domestic airports in the country.... [read more]

Can Tho Airport targets domestic flights first Huynh Kim By Huynh Kim - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO – Can Tho City will coordinate with management agencies, provinces and airlines to expand the flight network from Can Tho Airport to the central region and the Central Highlands before opening international flights. Speaking to the Daily after the conference on promoting air services to Can Tho City on March 17, standing deputy head of the Southwest Steering Committee Nguyen Phong Quang said that Can Tho City would try to open domestic services connecting the city with Danang, Khanh Hoa and Dalat. In the next phase the city would call on air carriers to open international flights from the Mekong Delta city to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Bangkok in Thailand as well as to Taiwan and South Korea. A memorandum of understanding on opening these domestic flights was signed by the Ministry of Transport, the Southwest Steering Committee, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Khanh Hoa Province, Danang City, Lam Dong Province, VietJetAir, Jetstar Pacific and Vietravel at the end of the conference. The Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority will report to the Government to map out special mechanisms for Can Tho International Airport to attract airlines. Vo Huy Cuong, deputy head of the authority, said that Can Tho was a new and potential market for international flights from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China…... [read more]

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has submitted its plan to install a foreign object debris detection system (FODetect) at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports in order to banish birds from airport runways. The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has submitted its plan to install a foreign object debris detection system (FODetect) at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports in order to banish birds from airport runways. According to the ACV, the FODetect system, which it said would cost over VND1.16 trillion (US$52 million) to install, would be able to monitor runways 24 hours a day, compared to the current method of using human resources to check seven times a day. The airport corporation suggested that the plan be financed through private funding, and that airlines be charged from $17 to $35 per flight, so as to reimburse the investor. The proposal, however, was found to contain several shortcomings as far as the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAA) was concerned. In its letter to the Ministry of Transport, the CAA said the mobilization of investment from the private sector was necessary in light of limited government funds, but it asserted that the ACV’s proposal failed to include the investment type, management plans, an operating entity, or socioeconomic benefits. The aviation watchdog also demanded that the ACV elaborate on the FODetect system’s capacity to operate in unfavorable weather conditions and at different hours of the day, its area of operation, and its general feasibility whether…... [read more]

The 25R/07L runway of Tan Son Nhat International Airport re-operated at 5: 30 pm on July 20 earlier than expected after its runway closed for repair due to lighting in a thunderstorm on July 19. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said that the repair time for the runway had affected to flight exploitation of Tan Son Nhat International Airport from 42 to 32 flights per hour.Therefore, domestic airlines like Vietnam Airlines, Jestar Pacific, Vietjet Air must delay and reschedule their flights.Vietnam Airport Corporation directed relevant units to focus on quickly finishing runway repair to minimize the effects for exploitation plan of both domestic and international airlines.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Deputy Ministry of Transport Nguyen Nhat has asked the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration to reduce the number of flights during peak hours (4pm-6pm) to curb congestion at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City. Nhat met with officials of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the Vietnam Air Control Corporation, and Tan Son Nhat airport yesterday to seek solutions to congestion at Tan Son Nhat Airport. At the meeting, Dang Tuan Tu - Director of Tan Son Nhat international airport - said the airport currently has 51 parking positions, including 49 for commercial use and two for emergency. The total parking positions for overnight parking and commercial exploitation at Tan Son Nhat is 63. Due to the limited amount of parking lots as the number of aircraft with overnight parking is high, many planes have to temporarily park on the taxiways. The airport’s design capacity is to serve 23 million passengers per year, including 10 million at the international terminal and 13 million at the domestic terminal. Tu said that the airport is now overloaded. With a design capacity of welcoming 13 million passengers a year, the domestic terminal last year had to serve over 16 million people. The number is expected to reach 19,816,830 in 2016. As a result, the number of flights has increased. According to statistics from June 16 to 22, the flight frequency averaged 630 flights per day and up to 663 times flights on June 17. It…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Lai Chau, a poor province with more than a half of the residents listed as poor, plans to build an airport with total investment capital of VND8 trillion. Lai Chau provincial Party Committee’s secretary Nguyen Khac Chu told the press on the sidelines of an investment promotion conference held on April 23 that local authorities now seek PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s permission to build an airport in the province. The airport is estimated to cost VND8 trillion. The statement surprised the public because no one could imagine that Lai Chau would think of building an airport at this moment. Lai Chau is a remote area with unfavorable transport conditions which badly affect local production and trade. By the end of 2015, three communes in the province still had no roads for automobiles, while inter-district and inter-commune roads have degraded seriously. In many areas, bridges have not been built, which makes it difficult to travel in the rainy season. The report by the General Statistics Office (GSO) released last March showed that Lai Chau’s SCOLI (social cost-of-living index) in 2015 was the highest in Vietnam, at 100.3 percent, which meant that the cost of living in Lai Chau was even higher than Hanoi (100 percent). Garments, building materials, transport fee and household-use appliances have prices higher by 1-8 percent. Meanwhile, 54 percent of the population in Lai Chau are listed as poor, the highest proportion in the country. Lai Chau, a poor province with more than a half…... [read more]

Le Anh Turkish Airlines will conduct direct flights from Istanbul to HCMC and Hanoi and vice versa on June 27, with five flights per week. Of the total, three services will connect to HCMC and the remainder to Hanoi. The airline plans to increase the number of flights to seven per week at the end of October. Air New Zealand will fly three times a week between HCMC and Auckland from next month. Earlier, Bangkok Airway said it will start its Bangkok-Danang service on May 25. The Thai airline will conduct four weekly flights between the two destinations on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Besides more flights to HCMC, Hanoi and Danang, a number of foreign airlines have plans to offer services to tourist attractions in Vietnam. Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) said Phu Quoc International Airport has worked with China Southern Airlines over a plan to open the Guangzhou-Phu Quoc route to meet increasing demand of Chinese tourists for visiting Phu Quoc Island off mainland Kien Giang Province. The airline is expected to commence its Guangzhou-Phu Quoc service in July with three weekly flights on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The airline will use Boeing B738 and Airbus A320 aircraft for the route. Vietnam’s budget carrier Jetstar Pacific looks to launch a new air route linking Haiphong and China after a new passenger terminal and runway at Cat Bi airport in the northern city are put into use on May 12. Travel firm Vietravel plans two chartered flights every month…... [read more]

HCM City (VNA) – The Aviation Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) held the first meeting for shareholders in Ho Chi Minh City on March 16. The event is considered a necessary move to turn the State-owned ACV into a joint-stock company, according to the steering committee for equitisation of ACV. On October 6, 2015, the Prime Minister approved a plan to equitise ACV with chartered capital of 22.4 trillion VND (over 1 billion USD). More than 2.2 billion stocks were to be sold to the market at 10,000 VND (0.45 USD) each. The State would hold 75 percent of the group’s chartered capital, while 20 percent of the remaining stake was to be sold to strategic investors. The ACV coordinated with Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) to organise the first initial public offering (IPO) in the city on December 10, 2015. The Ministry of Transport on March 14, 2016 issued a decision to adjust the chartered capital of the ACV joint stock company to over 21.7 trillion VND (976.5 million USD), equivalent to more than 2.17 billion shares at 10,000 VND each. The State holds 95.4 percent of the shares. At the meeting, Nguyen Nguyen Hung was re-elected Chairman of the ACV’s members council while Le Manh Hung continued to hold the position of ACV General Director.-VNA... [read more]




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