The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has reportedly sought the government's approval to increase fees for flights to install a system to detect foreign objects on runways in the country's two largest airports in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The state-owned manager of 22 airports around Vietnam wants to charge international flights US$35 each and domestic flights $17 for six and half years to recoup the cost, news website Dau Tu reported Monday.
To together cost more than VND1.16 trillion ($52.09 million), the system would monitor runways 24/7 at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat, which receive 65 percent of flights to and from Vietnam, the ACV said in its proposal.
Now humans are in charge of scanning the runways seven times a day to keep them clear of birds and foreign objects that can threaten flight safety, the website said.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has slammed the proposal, telling the Ministry of Transport that the cost is huge and that it is unreasonable to collect the fee at all airports while only Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat would get the systems.
It doubted that airlines would be willing to pay, adding that airport managers need to consult airlines to ensure airport fees are transparent.
Recently the ACV has also sought the ministry's permission to increase service fees for domestic flights such as runway and passenger surcharges.
The corporation expects the increased revenues to help it upgrade airports over the next two years at an estimated cost of more than VND26.2 trillion ($1.16 billion).