Vietnam is preparing to expand its airports and start work on the development of new international hubs to tackle the increasing number of air travellers.

Key expansion projects were presented by deputy director of airport operation department at the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) Vu Pham Nguyen An at the Annual South East Asia airport expansion summit recently held in Hanoi.

The projects will be carried out at six airports across the country, including two major airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The construction of Terminal 2 at the Hanoi airport will be completed by the year end and is expected to serve up to 15 million passengers annually by 2020.

"The project will be submitted to the Vietnamese National Assembly for approval in October."

The government will further consider the need for two additional terminals, which will help the airport to increase its capacity to 50 million passengers annually by 2020.

While the first phase of the construction was completed in April, the other phases will be finalised by early 2015.

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The government will also upgrade the domestic terminal and develop the international terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to the plans, the domestic terminal will be extended to 40,048m² and will handle up to 113,000 flight movements every year, while the international terminal will see the expansion of the left and right wings as part of the Terminal 2 renovations. A total of 40 additional check-in counters and two waiting halls will also be added to help increase the passenger capacity.

In addition, repair and expansion projects are being implemented in the airports in Hai Phong city, and in the Khanh Hoa, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces.

While talking to the Vietnam News Agency, Nguyen An said that there was also a plan to construct Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai province’s Long Thanh district.

"The airport will handle 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of freight a year," Nguyen An said.

"The project will be submitted to the Vietnamese National Assembly for approval in October."