The runways of the two
largest airports in the country need VND4trn (USD176m) in repairs.
Le Manh Hung,
director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), said a runway at
Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport and a runway at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan
Son Nhat International Airport had cracked severely due to continuous
over-use. They have filed reported to the Ministry of Transport to get
permission for the repairs.
“The runways have many cracks and the surfaces are
peeling off. During rainy season, mud and dirt will appear,” ACV wrote in the
The 25R/07L runway at Tan Son Nhat Airport was repaired
and used in June 2013 with the capacity for 55,100 takeoffs and landings in
10 years. But it had already handled 126,000 takeoffs and landings as of
Runway 1B at Noi Bai was also put into use in 2003
with capacity to handle 10,500 take-offs and landings in 20 years but it has
already 284,200 takeoffs and landings. ACV said the damaged runways were a
severe threat to the aviation safety. The biggest obstacle is the funds for
The Ministry of Transport proposed to the
government to provide over VND4.20trn to upgrade the airport. If not
possible, the ministry suggested that ACV should be able to use revenues from
apron area activities, which is managed by the government, for the work. ACV
currently earns VND1trn in revenue.
If management authority is transferred to ACV, it
can use its own funds.
The Civil Aviation Authority said it was drafting
plans on the use of aprons and management and will submit it to the Ministry
of Transport in August.