The Hanoi Airport in Vietnam will officially commence operations of its new $645m passenger terminal on 31 December.
Construction of the four-storey Terminal 2, said to be the largest in the country, took around three years to complete.
The terminal project management board head, Do Tat Binh, recently informed the local media that approximately 99% of the terminal construction had already reached completion and that the contractor had met both the progress and quality targets assigned to the project.
Earlier, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam had confirmed that the new facility will operate as an international air terminal with 96 check-in counters, ten self-service kiosks, 17 boarding gates and 283 flight information display systems, reported the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
The 283 screens will be placed in strategic positions, including the public lobby, check-in counter, waiting room, boarding gate and baggage conveyer.
While the airport’s current terminal, T1, will serve as a domestic terminal, international air service carriers will relocate their operations to the new terminal.
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The expansion forms part of the airport’s major expansion programme, which will increase its capacity to ten million passengers every year.
Of the total investment, a loan of $504.27m was secured from Japanese official development assistance (ODA), while the remainder was raised locally.
The new terminal measures 996m in length and has a total gross floor area of more than 139,000m².
A bus shuttle will be available every ten minutes between the two terminals.
The airport also plans to build an additional two terminals, which will help increase the airport’s capacity to 50 million passengers per year.
Image: The newly constructed terminal at Hanoi Airport. Photo: courtesy of Airports Corporation of Vietnam.