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In response to a growing population, Vietnamese authorities propose a second airport for Hanoi.

A second international airport could soon be built in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

By 2023, it is anticipated that Vietnam’s population would have surpassed 100 million. Vietnam’s population has been expanding steadily at a rate of 1 million people each year in recent years. Ho Chi Minh metropolis, the most populated metropolis in Vietnam, is home to about nine million of these people and is still expanding.

Similar to this, the population of the Hanoi metropolitan region, which is home to Vietnam’s capital, will exceed five million in 2023, up 3.67% from 2022. By 2050, the population of the capital city is expected to quadruple to between 21 and 23 million, with a total size of 24,314 square kilometers, equal to that of Ho Chi Minh City (where a population of between 24 and 25 million is anticipated).

a backlog at the airport in Hanoi

The modern Noi Bai International Airport in the capital of Vietnam was built to accommodate 25 million travelers a year. However, because to the pandemic, from 2017, the number of transit passengers and cargo has consistently exceeded the capacity limit, growing by 10% annually until 2020. Despite a slower recovery in the Asia-Pacific region, worldwide aviation passenger traffic is anticipated to surpass pre-pandemic levels this October after the relaxation of strict travel restrictions.By the end of the year, the airport serving the city will consequently be crowded once more. It is therefore of utmost necessity to build a new airport to supplement and relieve the current one.

Airport System Development Plan for Vietnam

Vietnamese officials have decided to seek central government approval for a plan to develop an additional international airport for the capital region in addition to the one that is now in operation in Noi Bai due to the population growth that is currently happening and is anticipated to last for the upcoming several years. Rumor has it that the report provided to the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s Ministry will list the second airport in Hanoi as domestic rather than international.

The second airport’s potential locations have already been determined by the authorities. These include Ly Nhan District in Ha Nam Province, which is about 60 kilometers from Hanoi, Ung Hoa in the south, which is 40 kilometers from the city center, Thach Mien District in Hai Duong Province, which is about 50 kilometers from Hanoi, and Tien Lang District in Hai Phong City, which is about 120 kilometers away.

The main goal is to improve the capacity of the capital’s air traffic to handle 130 to 150 million passengers annually by 2050 in order to accommodate anticipated domestic and international demand. This project would be a part of Vietnam’s long-term growth plan for its airport system for the years 2021–2030, looking ahead to 2050.The plan for the development of Vietnam’s national airport system includes not only the growth of the airports in the capital but also the addition of two international airports, Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh International Airports, for the Ho Chi Minh City region.

incredibly upbeat forecast

By the end of 2023, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) forecasts that the aviation industry will have fully recovered from COVID. Additionally, ‘domestic’ aviation has survived the pandemic-related limitations that have only affected foreign travel in most of Asia. According to CAAV, 34 million Vietnamese people will go overseas in 2023, a threefold increase from the previous year.

Even the national airline, Vietnam Airlines, recently announced plans to boost the frequency of its foreign flights to Melbourne (MEL) and London Heathrow (LHR). Vietnam has 28 airports, 14 of which have international flights. The situation won’t get better overnight, even if the government accepts the suggestion, that much is certain. Years will pass before the airport is constructed, ready for use, and given operational approval. However, building will be finished more quickly the earlier it begins.

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