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Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Sân bay Quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất

Tan Son Nhat Airport
Location of airport in Vietnam
Airport type Public
Owner Vietnamese government
Operator Southern Airports Corporation
Serves Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location Tan Binh District
Hub for Jetstar Pacific Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Elevation AMSL 10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates 10°49′08″N 106°39′07″E / 10.81889°N 106.65194°E / 10.81889; 106.65194
Website [5]
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07L/25R 3,048 10,000 Concrete
07R/25L 3,800 12,468 Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Passenger movements 12.427.808
Airfreight movements in tonnes 444.223
Aircraft movements 98.002

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất) is Vietnam's largest international airport in terms of area (800 ha/1,977 acres compared with 650 ha/1,606 acres of Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport and Da Nang's Da Nang International Airport). It has a handling capacity of 15-17 million passengers per year, compared with the capacity of Hanoi - Noi Bai airport of 8 million passengers and Da Nang's 2 million passengers. It is also the largest airport of Vietnam in terms of passengers handled (with an estimated number of over 12.5 million passengers per year in 2009, accounting for more than half of Vietnam's air passenger traffic), serving Ho Chi Minh City as well as Dong Nam Bo in southern Vietnam. Its IATA code SGN was derived from the city's former name of Saigon.


Tan Son Nhat International Airport has its origins in the early 1930s, when the French colonial government constructed a small airport with unpaved runways, known as Tân Sơn Nhất Airfield near the village of Tan Son Nhat. By mid-1956, with U.S. aid, a 7,200-foot (2,190 m) runway had been built and 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 (then using the alternative spelling Tân Sơn Nhứt) was an important facility for both the U.S. Air Force and the (VNAF). Between 1968 and 1974, Tan Son Nhut Airport was one of the busiest military airbases in the world. During the last days of South Vietnam, Pan Am schedules from 1973 showed Boeing 747 service was being operated four times a week to San Francisco via Guam and Manila . Continental Airlines operated up to 30 Boeing 707 military charters per week to and from Tan Son Nhut Airport during the 1968-74 period.

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. UA 869 (operated by a Boeing 747-400) landed at Ho Chi Minh City, the terminus of the flight that ran 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 Boeing 747-400). In 2009, the service UA 869 has resumed once again from San Francisco via Hong Kong International. In 2006, this airport at Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City served approximately 8.5 million passengers (compared with 7 million in 2005) with 64.000 aircraft movements . HCM - Tan Son Nhat Airport has recently 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), this airport has been continuously expanded by the Southern Airports Corporation.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport served 13 million passengers in 2008 compared to 11 million in 2007. According to the new expansion plan announced by the Vietnamese government, the airport will be enlarged to provide facilities and space for around 70 aircraft to land by 2015, and to handle 23.5 million passengers and 600,000 tonnes of cargo per annum.

New international terminal

A new international terminal funded by Japanese ODA and constructed by a consortium of four Japanese contractors (KTOM, abbreviation of 4 contractors's names: Kajima - Taisei - Obayashi - Maeda), opened in September 2007 with a capacity for 8-10 million passengers a year, thus giving the airport a total annual capacity of 15-17 million passengers. The old terminal is now used for domestic flights only. After 2015, when Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Tan Son Nhat will serve domestic passengers only.

The international terminal is open 24 hours a day.


Following the opening of its new international terminal in September 2007, HCM - Tan Son Nhat has two major terminal buildings with separate sections for international and domestic flights. Four jetways were added in the late 1990s prior to which aircraft had to use remote parking and passengers were transferred to/from the terminal by shuttle buses. The capacity of the new terminal, once fully completed, will be 8 million passengers per annum. After 2015, when Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Tan Son Nhat will serve domestic passengers only.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam by Decision 1646/TTg-NN has approved the addition of 30 hectares (74 acres) of adjacent area to extend the apron and to build a cargo terminal due to the rapid increase of passenger (which will reach to 11 million in 2007 and is expected to reach 17 million in 2010, compared to 7 million and 8.5 million in 2005 and 2006 respectively) and cargo volume at this airport

Arrivals and Departures are split across two floors.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Domestic flights operate from Terminal 1, whilst international flights use Terminal 2.

Front view of the international terminal
Front view of the international terminal

Passport Check in the international terminal, 13 August 2007
Passport Check in the international terminal, 13 August 2007

Air Traffic Control Tower
Air Traffic Control Tower

Passport stamp from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Passport stamp from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport Level 3 Concourse
Tan Son Nhat International Airport Level 3 Concourse

Tan Son Nhat International Airport Level 4 Concourse
Tan Son Nhat International Airport Level 4 Concourse

In front of the international terminal (arrival)
In front of the international terminal (arrival)

Check-in counters at the International Terminal
Check-in counters at the International Terminal

Check-in port A of Vietnam Airlines at the international terminal
Check-in port A of Vietnam Airlines at the international terminal

Regional aircraft out of International Terminal
Regional aircraft out of International Terminal

Domestic terminal and partial view international terminal from above, in 2009
Domestic terminal and partial view international terminal from above, in 2009

The Tan Son Nhat International Terminal as seen from high above, in 2009
The Tan Son Nhat International Terminal as seen from high above, in 2009


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air China Beijing-Capital, Nanning 2
Air France Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi [ends 31 October], Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Mekong Buon Ma Thuot [begins 9 October],Con Dao [begins 9 October],Da Lat [begins 31 October],Da Nang [begins 31 October], Hanoi [begins 9 October] , Phu Quoc [begins 9 October] , Pleiku [begins 9 October] 1
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur 2
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Narita 2
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon 2
Cambodia Angkor Air Phnom Penh, Siem Reap 2
Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong 2
Cebu Pacific Manila 2
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan 2
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou 2
EVA Air Kaosiung, Taipei-Taoyuan 2
Finnair Helsinki [seasonal] 2
Indonesia AirAsia Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta 2
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Narita 2
Jetstar Airways Darwin, Sydney 2
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore 2
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hue, Hanoi, Vinh 1
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 2
Lao Airlines Pakse [begins 19 October], Vientiane [begins 19 October] 2
Lion Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta , Singapore 2
Lufthansa Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Frankfurt 2
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur 2
Mandarin Airlines Taichung 2
Philippine Airlines Manila 2
Qatar Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi [begins 11 October], Doha 2
Royal Brunei Airlines Bandar Seri Begawan 2
S7 Airlines Novosibirsk [seasonal] 2
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 2
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen 2
Singapore Airlines Singapore 2
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2
Tiger Airways Singapore 2
Turkish Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi [begins 30 December], Istanbul-Atäturk [begins 30 December] 2
Uni Air Kaohsiung 2
United Airlines Hong Kong, San Francisco 2
Vietnam Air Service Company (VASCO) Ca Mau, Chu Lai, Con Dao, Tuy Hoa 1
Vietnam Airlines Buon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dong Hoi, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Qui Nhon, Rach Gia, Vinh 1
Vietnam Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Busan, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Vientiane, Yangon [begins 15 November] 2

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Asiana Cargo Seoul-Incheon
Cargoitalia Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Milan-Malpensa
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific
China Airlines Cargo Taipei-Taoyuan
FedEx Express
Hong Kong Airlines Cargo Hong Kong
JAL Cargo
K-Mile Transmile Air Services
Korean Air Cargo Seoul-Incheon
Qantas Freight Shanghai-Pudong, Sydney
Shanghai Airlines Cargo Shanghai-Pudong
Trai Thien Air Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Singapore
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Phnom Penh

The airport's future

The current Tan Son Nhat airport is located inside the crowded city of Ho Chi Minh City, and a limited area for expansion and safety concerns would make it hard to upgrade in order to meet increasing demand. Following a recent decision by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, a new airport—Long Thanh International Airport—will replace Tan Son Nhat airport for international-departure use. The master plan for this new airport was approved in April 2006. The new airport will be built in Long Thanh county, Dong Nai province, about 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Ho Chi Minh City and 70 km (43 mi) northwest of the petroleum-focused city of Vung Tau, near Highway 51A. The pre-feasibility study for this project is under way. The Long Thanh International Airport will be constructed on an area of 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi), and it will have four runways (4,000 m x 60 m or 13,100 ft x 200 ft) and be capable of receiving the Airbus A380 jumbo jet. The project will be divided in two stages. Stage one includes the construction of two parallel runways and a terminal with a capacity of 20 million passengers per year, due to be completed in 2011. The second stage is scheduled for completion in 2015, leaving the airport with three passenger terminals and a cargo terminal designed to received 5 million metric tons of cargo per year. The total invested capital of this project is an estimated US$8 billion. Upon completion of Long Thanh International Airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport will serve domestic passengers only. Long Thanh International Airport is expected to be the leading airport on the Indochinese peninsula, and one of the busiest air transportation hubs in the southeast Asian region.

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General Info
Country Vietnam
Time UTC+7
Latitude 10.818797
10° 49' 07.67" N
Longitude 106.651856
106° 39' 06.68" E
Elevation 33 feet
10 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Hochiminh
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.7
GND 121.9
ATIS 128.0
APP 125.5
Communications Remarks  

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07R/25L 12468 x 148 feet
3800 x 45 meters
07L/25R 10000 x 148 feet
3048 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME TSN TANSONNHAT 114X 116.7 At Field -
NDB TD TANSONNHAT - 358 6.3 NM 248.4

Fuel 100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

LGT Rot Bcn opr hr avbl O/R.
RSTD Two-way rdo with Tansonnhat Twr rqr.

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