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Noi Bai airport runways severely deteriorated
  • By Nhu Quynh | | August 19, 2019 08:14 PM
Cracks and other signs of deterioration have been found on two runways at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport.

According to a representative from Noi Bai International Airport, the airport serves up to 42 take-offs and landings per hour compared to a design capacity of 37. This has led to the runway’s deterioration.


Noi Bai International Airport

Runway 1A has seen subsidence which is up to one metre wide along with many cracks. Meanwhile, runway 1B’s surface is cracked and broken and can get muddy at times, especially during the rainy season.

Runway 1B, which opened to traffic in 2003, was made to handle 10,500 takeoffs and landings in 20 years but to date, this number has already reached 284,200. Some sections of it have broken again after being repaired.

“These runways are posing a risk to flights. If they are not fixed soon, it could lead to the suspension of their operation,” he warned.

Runway 07L/25R at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport which has been overused for a long time, faces a similar situation.

The Ministry of Transport previously asked the government for approval to use VND4.2 trillion (USD181 million) from the budget of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to upgrade the runways.

The Ministry of Transport also plans to use ACV’s budget to upgrade the wastewater drainage systems and taxiways at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports.

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