Hanoi has signed off on funding of VND109 billion ($4.7 billion) for the first phase of Ho Chi Minh City’s new airport, to be located in nearby Long Thanh province.

Deputy prime minister Trinh Dinh Dung signed the decision on 11 November, according the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

Tan Son Nhat Airport in January 2014

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Tan Son Nhat Airport’s domestic terminal in January 2014

The first phase will run from 2020 to 2025, with the ultimate aim to produce one of the region’s major air hubs.

Phase one involves the development of one 4,000m long runway, a passenger terminal, and other infrastructure that will be capable of handling 25 million passengers or 1.2 million tons of cargo annually.

Phase two will see the development of a second runway and terminal. This will bring total capacity to 75 million passengers and 2.7 million tonnes of cargo annually. In the longer term, the airport will have a yearly capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo.

Located to the north of Ho Chi Minh City, Long Thanh is a crucial element in improving Ho Chi Minh City’s airport capacity. The city’s sole airport at Tan Son Nhat is located in a developed area near the city. Before the coronavirus pandemic it was operating over its design capacity.