Hanoi to open more bus service to Noi Bai International Airport
Update: Aug 21, 2023
The Ministry of Transport has agreed to add another bus line to the list of buses connecting the downtown city with the airport.

According to the plan, the new route E10 is run by electric buses over a distance of about 35 kilometers, starting from Vinhomes Ocean Park Urban Area in Gia Lam District to the airport. The service will be operated by VinBus Transport Ecological Services Limited Company.

An electric bus manufactured by VinFast at the Vinhomes Ocean Park Urban Area in Hanoi's Gia Lam district. Photo: Van Trong/The Hanoi Times

The bus route aims to serve commuters who use private cars and taxis to go to Noi Bai International Airport, help ease traffic flow on roads leading to the airport, and expand Hanoi's public transport system, ensuring traffic safety and preventing traffic congestion, according to the city's People's Committee.

"The bus service will reduce travel time compared to the regular service as it makes fewer stops," the committee added.

According to current regulations, the opening of a bus line starting or ending at Noi Bai International Airport must be approved by the Hanoi People's Committee and the Ministry of Transport.

Last year, the Hanoi Department of Transport approved the opening of ten new electric bus routes. However, the operation of the E10 electric bus line has been delayed pending the adjustment of public parking planning at the airport.

More and more people are choosing public transport to travel to the airport. In addition to the shuttle buses operated by Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Jetstar Pacific, Hanoi currently has a number of bus lines connecting the city center with Noi Bai International Airport, including Cau Giay-Noi Bai (Line 07), Long Bien-Noi Bai (Line 17), Ha Dong - Noi Bai (Line 68), Kim Ma-Noi Bai (Line 90), My Dinh-Noi Bai (Line 109), and a high-quality bus line 86 connecting Hanoi Railway Station to Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi City and Noi Bai Airport.

Previously, VinBus Transport Services Limited Company, a subsidiary of Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, launched the country's first smart electric bus service in Hanoi on April 8, 2021.

The buses are manufactured and assembled by automaker VinFast at its factory in Haiphong City, about 120 kilometers from Hanoi.

With a battery capacity of 281 kWh, the bus can travel between 220 and 260 kilometers on a single charge and carry 68 passengers at a time.

The bus service is part of the company's goal to develop a modern public transportation system that reduces air and noise pollution in Vietnam's major cities.

Anh Kiet

Hanoi Times - hanoitimes.vn - August 19, 2023