Situated approximately 40kms from Ho Chi Minh City Centre, the latest super-hub airport in Asia last week commenced construction, with an estimated first phase completion in 2025. The Long Thanh International Airport is one of the most interesting new airport developments globally right now, and reflects the relatively huge upswing in air travel to and from (and within) Vietnam.

The country has already seen a wave of new airlines including Bamboo Airways with grand international ambitions and the existing two major airports in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are already close to bursting point. On a recent travel through Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh hub, the national carrier’s lounge was already at bursting point.

The $4.6 billion first phase of the airport in Dong Nai Province is set to be completed by 2025 when it will be able to handle 25 million passengers although the airport will expand to four mirror image terminals that will increase the capacity to no less than 100million per annum, only fractionally behind Istanbul’s latest mega-airport.

Replacing Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the major airport in the country, the design reflects the lotus flower, a concept brought to life by Heerim Architects and Planners. In comparison to the existing airport, there’s a huge emphasis on space. The airport follows the emerging trend of hub and spoke-style layouts, with a main hub space, and long terminal fingers which cater for the gates. We’ve already seen this with the likes of Istanbul, Mexico’s abruptly-cancelled new airport and Beijing’s Daxing International Airport.

Replacing Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the major airport in the country, the design reflects the lotus flower, a concept brought to life by Heerim Architects and Planners. In comparison to the existing airport, there’s a huge emphasis on space. The airport follows the emerging trend of hub and spoke-style layouts, with a main hub space, and long terminal fingers which cater for the gates. We’ve already seen this with the likes of Istanbul, Mexico’s abruptly-cancelled new airport and Beijing’s Daxing International Airport.

Inside however, nature meets architecture and the initial plans feature large lotus ponds, palm trees and a lotus leaf design from the roof design. The first terminal will be the first of three phases of the airport that should be completed by 2040. By then approximately 80 percent of passengers handled by the new airport will be international.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

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