Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City is to be
expanded to have space for ten extra airplanes and Hanoi’s Noi Bai also has
plans to add more parking space for aircraft to meet an explosive demand for air
According to the Southern Airports Corporation, the agency has submitted their
plans to increase the capacity of Tan Son Nhat Airport to the Civil Aviation
Administration of Vietnam (CAAV).
Nguyen Nguyen Hung, the General Director of the Southern Airports Corporation,
says that the current parking space for planes at Tan Son Nhat Airport is just
enough to serve 20 million passengers a year, or 54,800 passengers a day.
However during the traditional Tet holidays, Tan Son Nhat Airport has to receive
up to and over 58,000 passengers a day.
Under the new plan, Tan Son Nhat’s present 42 parking bays will be increased to
Meanwhile, Noi Bai airport now has 24 parking bays, receiving nearly 90 flights
a day. Nevertheless, sometimes the airport becomes so overloaded that aircraft
must queue up to take off or land, which leads to flight delays or even cancel.
However, those plans are only a temporary solution while waiting for the
construction of Long Thanh Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai . The
project is expected to begin in 2011 and its first phase is expected to be
completed by 2015.
Over the next few years, the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar
Pacific Airlines plan to increase their fleets to over 100 aircraft. These
companies and hundreds of other overseas airlines face major problems with the
country’s aviation sector. Moreover, two private airlines, Air Mekong and Blue
Sky, are also about to join the domestic air market.
In 2009, Vietnam ’s airports handled over 26 million passengers and 445,800
tonnes of cargo, four times more than in 2000.
In the first seven months of this year, the number of passengers travelling by
air was up by 33 percent over last year to 12 million, and the number of air
passengers is forecast to increase by 35-40 percent this year alone.
Lai Xuan Thanh, the Deputy Head of CAAV said that his agency is working with
carriers to formulate five- and ten-year development strategies to install extra
Forty-five domestic and foreign airlines are currently operating up their 55
international air routes to and from Vietnam.
In the domestic market, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific are servicing 40
routes in the country.