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Long Thanh Airport Construction to Relocate 15,000 People

Nearly 15,000 residents of Dong Nai province will be moving house due to the construction of Long Thanh Airport, reports Tuoi Tre.

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The Dong Nai Department of Natural Resources & Environment announced on Monday that its resettlement program will take back 1,970 hectares for the airport project, as well as an additional 1,920 hectares from local businesses, office buildings and religious facilities.

All told, the site clearance cost for Long Thanh, including compensation for resettlement, amounts to over VND13.1 trillion (US$582.7 million). Most families in the affected area have agreed to relocate, authorities say, however there are still approximately 30 households who do not wish to move.

The Long Thanh project, which received approval in June, is one of Vietnam's most ambitious projects to date. By 2050, the 4,000-hectare airport is expected to serve 100 million passengers per year.

In its earlier stages, officials expect Long Thanh to become operational as early as 2025, handling 25 million travelers a year and easing the pressure off Tan Son Nhat, which reached its maximum capacity in 2013.

The total cost of the project is US$15.8 billion and, reports Thanh Nien, is expected to begin in 2019.