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Vietnam flies into airport projects despite COVID travel slowdown

Communist government lacks flexibility for reviewing questionable projects

Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City served more than 40 million passengers in 2019, far more than its current capacity. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- Vietnam has started building a new international airport near the commercial powerhouse of Ho Chi Minh City, despite the drastic slump in air travel due to the pandemic.

The country will also expand the city's existing airport despite a clouded future for the airline industry.

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