State-owned Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has confirmed that complex preparatory work will delay the construction of the country's US$15.8 billion airport near Ho Chi Minh City.
In its recent report to the Ministry of Transport, the manager of 22 airports said work on Long Thanh Airport will likely start in April 2021, news website Dau Tu reported Tuesday.
That will put the project in Dong Nai Province at least two years behind the original schedule.
It is taking ACV longer than expected to finish all the pre-construction tasks for the megaproject, described as the "biggest ever."
The selection of consultants for the project's feasibility study, for instance, will not be completed until January next year, about nine months behind the previous deadline.
Long Thanh Airport, about 40 kilometers from HCMC, is designed to serve 100 million passengers and five million tons of goods annually.
A file photo of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach/Thanh Nien
It is expected to replace the country's currently biggest airport Tan Son Nhat, which reached its full capacity of 20 million passengers a year in 2013.