Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport instead of struggling in the usually crowded main streets leading to Vietnam’s busiest airport.

The cable car system would be built in the nearby Hoang Van Thu and Go Vap parks.

It would cost around USD22.32 million to construct, the report said.

According to the proposal, the cable car columns would rise from the median strips on Truong Son Street, running from Hoang Van Thu to the airport, so construction would not impede urban space.

At a speed of 25 kph, the proposed cable cars would not travel fast, but would certainly cover the distance to the airport in a shorter time than taxis and private cars.

The director added that it would be more convenient to have the cable car positioned in Hoang Van Thu than in Gia Dinh, as Hong Ha Street does not have median strips.

Both Truong Son and Hong Ha usually suffer congestion during rush hours, so unlucky passengers often miss their flights due to traffic jams.

HCMC’s Department of Transport director, Bui Xuan Cuong, said more time was needed to review the proposal.

“We have to carefully study the technical requirements and the potential impact on surrounding areas.”

Some experts have blasted the idea as unrealistic reasoning cable cars are not suitable for a commuter system.

Several proposals have been made to solve traffic congestion near the airport, including one to develop a USD250 million subway from Gia Dinh and Hoang Van Thu parks to the airport.

Another idea proposed satellite terminals in the parks, where passengers could check-in. Luggage would be forwarded to the airport separately by the airlines while passenger would board shuttle buses to the departure terminal.

Tan Son Nhat, the nation’s busiest airport, is designed to accommodate 25 million passengers a year, a capacity ceiling that was surpassed last year when it handled 32 million passengers.

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - January 19, 2017