One of the important things you need to know before leaving is about the airport in Vietnam, where you’re going to land. Although Vietnam has 9 international airports, only 4 of them are currently open for flights from USA and others european countries. Here’s an overview of airports in the country.
List of Vietnamese airports
Vietnam has a total of 55 airports of which 21 are inactive. Only active ones will be mentionned in this article. Theses airports are managed by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.
As has been said, Vietnam has nine international airports which only 4 of them are open to international flights now.
It’s Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi , Cam Ranh in Nha Trang and Da Nang in Da Nang. The remaining 5 airports receive particularly domestic flights are Can Tho airport of the city of Can Tho, Lien Khuong (Da Lat ), Phu Bai (Hue), Cát Bi (Haiphong) and Phu Quoc (Phu Quoc City ).
The number of Vietnam’s domestic airports are 12. These are the Con Dao ( Ba Rịa-Vung Tau) , Phu Cát (Binh Dinh), Ca Mau ( Ca Mau) , Buon Ma Thuột of Dak Lak, Điện Điện of Bien Phu Bien, Pleiku (Gia Lai), Rach Gia ( Kien Giang), Vinh (Nghệ An), Yen Phu (Tuy Hoa), Dong Hoi ( Quang Binh) , Chu Lai (Quang Nam) and Thọ Xuan Thanh Hoa
4 main international airports in Vietnam
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City carrying the code AITA SGN and OACI VVTS, is the largest airport in Vietnam. According to the latest statistic , it annually hosts more than 15.5 million passengers.
This Airport dates back to 1930. Originally, it was an air base in the French army and has a dirt track. This airport has seen a significant improvement in 1956 upon the arrival of the United States and served as the airbase for VNAF or Air Force of South Vietnamese and the US Air Force.
Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi
Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi stands out as one of the largest terminals in the North Vietnam. Its IATA code is HAN and its ICAO code is VVNB. This Vietnam airport has capacity of 3.5 million passengers per year. An expansion of this airport project is currently made to enable it to accommodate up to 50 million passengers by 2020.
Da Nang International Airport in Ðà Nẵng
Ðà Nang International Airport is located in the heart of the peninsula of Southeast Asia. It is the third largest and most important airport of Vietnam just after Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai in Hanoi . Its capacity is 1 million passengers every year. Regarding its aeronautical information, it carries the code ICAO IATA and DAD VVDN
During times of war, this airport was also used as a military base for the US Air Force and the Air Force of South Vietnam. Today, apart from the international and domestic flights, its tracks also host flights operated by the Air Force People of Vietnam.
Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang
This airport is localized beside the Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam . This international airport of Nha Trang, built by the US military during times of war, was until 1994 an air base. Only after his rehabilitation in 2004 that Cam Ranh Airport received its first commercial flights. This airport has the IATA code as CXR and ICAO code as VVCR. Its capacity is about 500 000 passengers per year.