A railway section will be built to transport passengers from Ho Chi Minh City to the planned Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province, the Vietnam Railway Administration said last week.
The 37-kilometer railway will start at the Thu Thiem Railway Station in District 2 in HCMC and end at the Long Thanh airport.
It will run parallel with the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway.
Around 12 kilometers of the rail that will run through HCMC will be elevated.
There are 18 stations planned for the railway route, according to the administration.
The administration also revealed plans to build seven more railway routes to link HCMC with other neighboring provinces like Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An and Tay Ninh by 2020.
The total cost for the eight railway routes is estimated at VND341.3 trillion (US$16.1 billion), which will come from Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds, the government and the private sector.
The Long Thanh airport project has been backed by the Ministry of Transport, which will seek approval from the Prime Minister and the National Assembly, Vietnam's legislature, for the construction of the airport.
The proposed 5,000-hectare airport in Long Thanh, which would be 40 kilometers northeast of HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International Airport, would be capable of serving 25 million passengers annually with its initial two runways.
When construction of a third runway is completed in 2030, it would be able to handle 52 million passengers each year.
After 2030, its eventual four runways would be able to serve 100 million passengers and handle five million tons of cargo, and be capable of completely replacing Tan Son Nhat, according to the report.
Tan Son Nhat, currently the country's largest airport, handles 12 million passengers and 278,000 tons of cargo annually.
The total cost to construct the Long Thanh airport has been estimated at $7.8 billion.