Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat International Airport SGN
in South Vietnam, serving the city of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam's largest commercial city). In terms of area size it is Vietnam's largest international airport, operated by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and controlled by the Southern Airports Authority. Tan Son Nhat Airport - whose code SGN refers to the former city name 'Saigon' - has experienced phenomenal growth, but is hindered from further expansion by its location inside a crowded City.
SGN Airport is situated within city limits, in the Tan Binh District of Ho Chi Minh City and 8 km from city center (District 1), which is and is accessible via motorway 22.
With two very long runways serving over 24 million passengers yearly, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is hub to Air Mekong, VASCO, Vietnam & Jetstar Pacific airlines, and it is served by a growing number of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
NOTE: Due to the rapid increase in passenger numbers, count on long lines and flight delays, which should ease as the International terminal's expansion project progresses (see Present & Future Airport Deveopments below).
The passenger terminal complex at Tan Son Nhat Airport
consists of a Domestic & International Terminal.
Present and Future Airport Developments:
International Terminal Expansion
project is ongoing - to be completed by 2017/18 - whereupon it is to have 120 check-in desks, 10 jet bridges, 19 gates, cover 138,000 square meters, & accommodate up to 13M passenger a year.
- Under the revised master plan, the 8-hectar expansion approval will increase aircraft parking capacity to 82 and airport aprons to 54. The first phase of the project is to start in 2019.
New Long Thanh International Airport
at Long Thanh district, Dong Nai province (about 50 km NE of Ho Chi Minh City) - is currently planned to become regional hub for international air traffic. The $16.3B project will be undertaken in 3 phases - the first of which (including runway) is tentatively to be completed by 2023 to accommodate 25 million passengers annually; the second phase thereafter aims for a 50M capacity. After completion of Phase 3, the new Airport is to be able to to handle 100 million passengers a year.
As of September 2016: Within the next 10 years the Government intends to expand the Airport by using 52 acres of land located to the east - aiming for a 50M passenger capacity by year 2025 (currently only 20M). It is expected that 2016 passenger count will reach 31M - making the expansion project even more urgent.
Chronic delays are the result of flooding on the tarmac, and street traffic congestions.
[Vietnam also aims to start building the huge 'Long Thanh International Airport' - 40 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City (southern province of Dong Nai) - but construction on Phase 1 will not start before 2019.' ]