At the working session of the Ministry of Transport on July 19, Lai Xuan Thanh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) said that the architecture plan of the passenger terminal in Long Thanh International Airport has been decided after receiving public feedback in Hanoi, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City and from associations such as the Vietnam Association of Architects, the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, the Federation of Civil Engineering Associations and the Vietnam Association of Aviation Science and Technology.
Earlier, 26 experts from ministries, agencies and professional associations led by Director General of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam Dinh Viet Thang formed an advisory team to choose the design.
On April 7, they voted on the best design out of three proposals, including one in the shape of a lotus flower (LT-03) submitted by Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd. from the Republic of Korea (59.09%), another by a Japan – France joint venture which uses bamboo furniture (LT-04) (27.27%) and one which features coconut tree leaf details by a Singapore-Vietnam-Japan joint-venture (LT-07) (13.64 %).
The Ministry of Transport then selects the plan based on the results of the Assessment Council and the Advisory Group.
Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh and the Director General of Viet Nam Administration of Aviation Dinh Viet Thang proposed the Ministry of Transport to consider selecting the lotus design to be included in the bidding dossier for feasibility study (FS).
Also at the meeting, Thanh said that the revision of some details of the selected option is necessary to get a perfect design for the terminal.
The Deputy Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Transport to assume the prime responsibility and coordinate with the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the professional associations and related agencies in perfecting the architectural design plans.
Long Thanh international airport is set to have a total investment of VND336.63 trillion (US&14.8 billion), with construction divided into three phases.
In the first phase, a runway and one passenger terminal along with other supporting works will be built to serve 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo each year. This phase is hoped to be finished by 2025.
In the second phase, one more runway and another passenger terminal will be constructed to serve 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo a year.
After the third phase expansion, the airport will be able serve 100 million passengers and 5 million tonnes of cargo each year.