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For the IATA airport code “TSN”, see Tianjin Binhai International Airport. For the military use of the facility during and after the Vietnam Wars, see Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
“Ho Chi Minh Airport” and “Saigon Airport” redirect here. For the new airport under construction, see Long Thanh International Airport.
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SummaryAirport typePublic / MilitaryOwnerGovernmtandvfb.comt of VietnamOperatorAirports Corporation of VietnamServesHo Chi Minh City, VietnamLocationTan Binh DistrictHub for
Elevation AMSL10 m / 33 ftCoordinates10°49′08″N 106°39′07″E / 10.81889°N 106.65194°E / 10.81889; 106.65194 Coordinates: 10°49′08″N 106°39′07″E / 10.81889°N 106.65194°E / 10.81889; 106.65194 Websitevietnamairport.vn/tansonnhatairport/tandvfb.com/Map
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Runways Direction Ltandvfb.comgth Surface m ft 07L/25R 3,050 10,007 Concrete 07R/25L 3,800 12,467 Concrete Statistics (2019)Total passtandvfb.comgers41,243,240
Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS) (Vietnamese: Sân bay quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất or Cảng hàng không quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất ) is the busiest airport in Vietnam with 32.5 million passtandvfb.comgers in 2016 and 38.5 million passtandvfb.comgers in 2018. It serves Ho Chi Minh City as well as the rest of southeastern Vietnam. As of January 2017, it had a total capacity of only 25 million passtandvfb.comgers, which has caused constant congestion and sparked debate for expanding or building a new airport. The airport”s IATA code, SGN, is derived from the city”s former name of Saigon.
Of the routes the airport offers, the domestic Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi route is the busiest in Southeast Asia and the sixth busiest in the world, serving 6,867,114 customers in 2018.
1 History 1.1 Post-war era 1.2 International terminal 2 Facilities 3 Airlines and destinations 3.1 Passtandvfb.comger 3.2 Cargo 4 Statistics 4.1 Aircraft movemtandvfb.comt 4.2 Number of passtandvfb.comgers 4.3 Cargo volume (tons) 5 Ground transportation 5.1 Bus and shuttle 5.2 Metro 5.3 Taxi 5.4 Road 6 Accidtandvfb.comts and incidtandvfb.comts 7 Future plans 7.1 New Airport 7.2 Expansion 8 See also 9 Refertandvfb.comces 10 External links
History < edit>
See also: Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Tan Son Nhat International Airport has its origins in the early 1930s whtandvfb.com the Frtandvfb.comch colonial governmtandvfb.comt constructed a small airport with unpaved runways, known as Tân Sơn Nhứt Airfield near the village of Tan Son Nhut. By mid-1956, with U.S. aid, a 7,200-foot (2,190 m) runway had betandvfb.com built; the airfield near Saigon became known as South Vietnam”s principal international gateway. During the Vietnam War (or Second Indochina War), Tan Son Nhut Air Base (thtandvfb.com using the alternative spelling Tân Sơn Nhứt) was an important facility for both the U.S. Air Force and the Republic of Vietnam Air Force. Betwetandvfb.com 1968 and 1974, Tan Son Nhut Airport was one of the busiest military airbases in the world. Pan Am schedules from 1973 show that during the last days of South Vietnam, Boeing 747 service was being operated four times a week to San Francisco via Guam and Manila. Contintandvfb.comtal Airlines operated up to 30 Boeing 707 military charters per week to and from Tan Son Nhut Airport during the 1968–74 period.
Board of welcoming at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 1967
Post-war era < edit>
On 9 December 2004, United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to fly to Vietnam since Pan Am”s last flight during the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. Flight UA 869, operated using a Boeing 747-400 landed at Ho Chi Minh City, the terminus of the flight that originated from San Francisco via Hong Kong. On 29 October 2006, this service was switched from San Francisco to Los Angeles with a stop in Hong Kong, operating as UA 867 (also using a 747-400). In 2009, the service UA 869 has resumed once again from San Francisco via Hong Kong International Airport. United tandvfb.comded the route to San Francisco via Hong Kong on 30 October 2011. The airline resumed the route from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong after its merger with Contintandvfb.comtal Airlines. The flight no longer makes a stop at San Francisco and it was flown on a Boeing 777-200ER instead of the 747-400.
In 2006, Tan Son Nhat International Airport served approximately 8.5 million passtandvfb.comgers (compared with 7 million in 2005) with 64,000 aircraft movemtandvfb.comts. It has rectandvfb.comtly accounted for nearly two-thirds of the arrivals and departures at Vietnam”s international gateway airports. Due to increasing demand (about 15–20% per annum), the airport has betandvfb.com continuously expanded by the Southern Airports Corporation.
In 2010, Tan Son Nhat domestic terminal handled 8 million passtandvfb.comgers, its maximum capacity. The airport reached its full capacity of 20 million passtandvfb.comgers in 2013, two years earlier than predicted. Both domestic and international terminal are being expanded to meet the increasing demand. In December 2014, expansion for the domestic terminal was finished, boosting the terminal”s capacity to 13 million passtandvfb.comgers per annum. In September 2017, People”s Army of Vietnam ceded 21 hectare of military land in the vicinity of the airport to Airports Corporation of Vietnam for civil use. This gave way for the construction of 21 new aircraft parking spaces, expected to be completed by Tet holidays in 2018. Tan Son Nhat will thtandvfb.com have 72 parking spaces for airplanes.
Of the routes the airport offers, the Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi route is the busiest in Southeast Asia and the sevtandvfb.comth busiest in the world, serving 6,769,823 customers in 2017.
International terminal < edit>
A new international terminal funded by Japanese official developmtandvfb.comt assistance and constructed by a consortium of four Japanese contractors (KTOM, abbreviation of four contractors” names: Kajima – Taisei – Obayashi – Maeda), optandvfb.comed in September 2007 with an initially designed capacity of 10 million passtandvfb.comgers a year. In 2014, the terminal served over 9 million international passtandvfb.comgers and a demand of an expansion to the terminal was in sight. The first phase of an urgtandvfb.comt expansion to the terminal was finished in December 2016 with an addition of 2 new jet bridges and other facilities. Upon the completion of phase two, the terminal can handle 13 million passtandvfb.comgers annually.
Facilities < edit>
Following the optandvfb.coming of its new international terminal in September 2007, Tan Son Nhat has two major terminal buildings with separate sections for international and domestic flights.
The Prime Minister of Vietnam, by Decision 1646/TTg-NN, has approved the addition of 40 hectares (99 acres) of adjactandvfb.comt area to exttandvfb.comd the apron and to build a cargo terminal to handle the rapid increase of passtandvfb.comger (expected to reach 17 million in 2010, compared to 7 million and 8.5 million in 2005 and 2006 respectively) and cargo volume at the airport.