June 5, 2013
When the second passenger terminal (T2) goes into service, Noi Bai International Airport in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi will become a major international airport in Southeast Asia with high-security and convenience.
At the final meeting of the T2 Startup and Commissioning Preparatory Committee held in Hanoi today, a progress report was shared on the startup and commissioning activities being implemented by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV). In the meeting, announcements were made on the schedule for verifying the antibacterial and deodorizing effects that cutting-edge Japanese photocatalytic technology will be provided in Terminal 1 through technical support by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In order to appropriately respond to the rapidly increasing demand for air travel accompanying the economic development in the northern part of Vientam, a Japanese ODA loan is being used to construct a second passenger terminal, T2, at Noi Bai International Airport. As of the end of April, construction had progressed to 14.2 percent of the total project and is on schedule to open the terminal in April 2015.
In conjunction with the new T2 construction, an Operations and Maintenance team has been established by the ACV, which operates Noi Bai International Airport, to prepare for the commissioning of T2. Between April 2012 and this month, seven meetings of the T2 Startup and Commissioning Preparatory Committee were held with support from JICA, the Narita International Airport Corporation and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan to ensure smooth operations at the new terminal.
In the committee meetings, case studies from Narita International Airport were used as a basis to formulate and approve action plans to carry out preparations to ensure a smooth commissioning of T2. With the goals of providing stable management and improving quality at Noi Bai International Airport, the approaches used at Narita International Airport to set charges were discussed along with the airport's tenant management techniques for higher earnings and initiatives taken to improve customer satisfaction and traveler convenience. Also, an introduction was given to the use of leading-edge Japanese photocatalytic technology in airport passenger terminals by MLIT and others. The committee also studied how to implement these measures at Noi Bai International Airport.
With the recommendations made in the final committee meeting, the ACV will move forward with full implementation of preparation operations based on the action plans. For technical cooperation, JICA plans to dispatch additional experts and provide training in Japan related to the aviation fuel hydrant system and the operations and maintenance of the passenger terminal. Japanese companies with broad experience are currently consulting with the ACV on a future business program for the maintenance and management of fueling facilities, as well as for tenant works. With a goal of commissioning T2 in April 2015, Japanese public-private partnerships will continue the support for management and human resources development.
 Photocatalysis is a technology that uses catalysts to accelerate chemical reactions in the presence of light. Capable of killing bacteria, decomposing oxides and possessing outstanding hydrophilic properties, photocatalysis is effective at sterilization and deodorizing. This technology is planned to be implemented in the restrooms, on handrails and in other areas in the passenger terminal.