Passengers board a 109 bus from Tan Son Nhat Airport to downtown HCMC, September 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
The Hai Van International Transportation Joint Venture Company has suggested launching 17 new bus routes linking HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport with major bus terminals and residential areas.
The company, which currently operates a road connecting the airport to the seaside town of Vung Tau, submitted its proposal to the municipal Department of Transport.
The proposed routes will connect Tan Binh District Airport to Mien Dong New Bus Station, from where passengers can depart HCMC for localities in the Southeast and Central regions; the Mien Tay bus station which connects the Mekong Delta; Phu My Hung urban area in District 7; the urban area of Thao Dien in the city of Thu Duc; Vinhomes Central Park urban area in Binh Thanh district and other destinations.
The bus used on the 17 routes will be changed from the 16-seater van and the 45-seater bus to have 10 to 30 seats. With fewer seats, passengers would have more space for their luggage.
There are currently three public bus routes to the airport: bus No. 152 connecting the airport to the residential area of Trung Son in Binh Chanh district; bus number 109 which connects the airport to the city center of the city; and the 72-1 bus that connects Vung Tau.
Public bus services in Tan Son Nhat are not used much as customers find them inconvenient and operators complain of being intimidated by other transport providers.
Buses use the same pick-up and drop-off lanes as personal cars and most of the time the bus stop is occupied by the latter.
Also, a bus only stops at the airport for three minutes, which makes it easy for passengers to miss it and have to wait about 10-15 minutes for another one.
Passengers have also complained that existing bus lines do not connect them to desired destinations.
About 8 km from the city center, Tan Son Nhat serves more than 100,000 passengers daily and the area in front of the domestic terminal is usually crowded.