1,000 people working through Tet to build Long Thanh airport

By Phuoc Tuan   February 8, 2024 | 08:00 pm PT
1,000 people working through Tet to build Long Thanh airport
Workers at the construction site of Long Thanh airport in the southern Dong Nai Province, February 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan
Contractors of the Long Thanh airport in the southern Dong Nai Province will employ over 1,000 engineers and workers to work through this one-week Tet holiday to push the project’s progress.

Ngo Tuan Anh, director of the Long Thanh Project Management Board, said Thursday that working through Tet aimed to utilize the favorable weather conditions to increase work volume on the site. The southern region, home to Dong Nai Province, is currently in the dry season.

"The progress of the air traffic control tower, radar stations, and radio wave receiving stations have all met their schedules, and some other items have surpassed the schedule," he said.

The board has prepared a festive atmosphere at the construction site with traditional foods and an entertainment program so that the workers staying back can still enjoy the Lunar New Year, which will begin on Saturday.

Engineers and workers who work during Tet will be compensated according to regulations.

For this holiday, workers in Vietnam are granted one-week off starting Thursday.

Construction of Long Thanh airport, set to replace Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat as Vietnam’s biggest, has been in full swing since the end of 2022.

Numerous work components, such as the passenger terminal, runways, roads leading to the two terminals, and the air traffic control tower, have made significant progress, according to the management board.

Long Thanh airport, with a capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo annually, has a total investment of about VND336.63 trillion (US$13.8 billion) from the state budget.

Its first phase, with a capacity of 25 million passengers, is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, upon becoming operational, the airport will require about 13,800 employees.

$16 billion Long Thanh Airport's lotus-inspired design takes form. Video by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan, Do Nam

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