Vietnam's rubberstamp National Assembly approved the construction of a new international airport by 2025 to accommodate growing tourism to the communist-ruled country.

The assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution for the planned Long Thanh International Airport to be built just outside the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.

The government said the new airport will relieve the load on Tan Son Nhat airport and will be built with the aim of becoming a regional hub for airlines.

The airport will eventually have the capacity to handle 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo a year and will cost $16 billion. Its first phase will handle 25 million passengers a year and be completed by 2025.