The bus service that picks up passengers at the airport plays a crucial role in ensuring transportation needs are met and serves various groups of people, including the elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Therefore, the Public Transportation Management Center suggests waiving the entry and exit fees for this mode of transportation at the airport.
The Public Transportation Management Center of Ho Chi Minh City has recently submitted a proposal to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation to request Tan Son Nhat International Airport to exempt the entry and exit fees for public transportation vehicles and bus routes, whether subsidized or not.
Furthermore, they are considering allocating a designated area within the domestic terminal for convenient passenger pick-up and drop-off, as well as arranging parking and passenger services for the upcoming electric bus route at the airport, which is the Vinhomes Grand Park – Tan Son Nhat Airport route (operated by Vinbus).
Passengers catch the bus at Tan Son Nhat airport
According to the center, there are currently four bus routes connecting the international and domestic terminals at Tan Son Nhat Airport, with two subsidized routes and two non-subsidized routes. These four bus routes collectively perform around 300 trips per day, transporting 3,300 passengers. The passenger volume on these bus routes has increased compared to 2022.
However, the current challenge is that the bus pick-up and drop-off area at the domestic terminal is frequently occupied by private vehicles, making it difficult for buses to access passengers, especially those with luggage. Additionally, the placement of two pick-up and drop-off locations in lane B of the domestic terminal does not create a centralized passenger point and lacks informational signage, making it challenging for passengers to access.
Furthermore, the non-subsidized bus routes operating at Tan Son Nhat Airport incur expenses for entering and exiting the toll booth and for passenger pick-up and drop-off at both the international and domestic terminals, similar to other forms of passenger transportation. This creates difficulties for transportation service providers.