Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho said asking passengers
to arrive three hours at the airport early is evidence of weak management
Passengers at Tan Son Nhat Airport
discussed the problem with the Southern Airports Authority on January 11
about preparations for the Lunar New Year. "This must be organised
again. If all the airlines want passengers to come three hours early then
it's no better than living at the airport," he said.
Son Nhat Airport authorities have advised passengers to arrive three hours
before flight departure in the run-up to the Lunar New Year to avoid traffic
jams and delays at check-in. Passengers are also advised to do check-in via
web, mobile or check-in kiosks located near domestic terminal gates 1 and 2,
besides checking in at counters.
also suggested limiting the number of people coming to the airport to pick or
see off passengers.
passengers to arrive at the airport three hours early isn’t a good thing.
This shows weak management and that we can't regulate the traffic," he
said. "Airliners should discuss and co-operate to deal with problems."
went on to say that close collaboration with traffic police was the key to
ease congestion around the airport. He advised all agencies to share
information and develop a close cooperation.
of Southern Airports Authority Tran Doan Mau said the number of passengers
and flights would increase by 19.6% compared to previous Lunar New Year.
There are 776 flights scheduled with 113,000 passengers at Tan Son Nhat
Airport two days before Tet, an increase of 141 flights compared to the same
period last year.
Hoang Van Thu Street near Tan
Son Nhat airport sees seriouscongestion in recent days.
said they had installed more check-in counters and detectors to serve
passengers. In addition, he had asked the city police deal with congestion on
the route to the airport.
of Tan Son Nhat Airport Dang Tuan Tu agreed and said the congestion mostly
occurred from 10 am to noon and from 4 pm to 6 pm. According to Tu,
congestion wasn't caused by rising number of passengers, but because of weak
infrastructure and increasing traffic on Truong Son Street. He proposed to
remove the median on Tran Quoc Toan Street to create more space for traffic.
Xuan Cuong, director of HCM City's Department of Transport said the situation
this year was less serious and they would be able to quickly deal with
congestion around the airport that are mostly caused by flooding and
proposed to close a taxi parking lot on Truong Son Street and the airlines
ask to increase security staff.