Noi Bai International Airport

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Nội Bài International Airport
Sân bay Quốc tế Nội Bài
Noi Bai International Airport


HAN is located in Vietnam
Location of airport in Vietnam
Airport type Civil/Military
Operator Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV)
Serves Hanoi
Location Hanoi, Vietnam
Hub for VietJet Air
Vietnam Airlines
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 21°13′16″N 105°48′26″E / 21.22111°N 105.80722°E / 21.22111; 105.80722Coordinates: 21°13′16″N 105°48′26″E / 21.22111°N 105.80722°E / 21.22111; 105.80722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 10,497 3,200 Concrete
11R/29L 12,466 3,800 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passenger movements 15,200,000

Nội Bài International Airport (IATA: HANICAO: VVNB) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Nội Bài) in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the largest airport in the north of the country. It is the main airport serving Hanoi, replacing the role of Gia Lam Airport.

The airport is currently the main hub of the country's flag carrier Vietnam Airlines as well as a major hub of low-cost carriers Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific.

The airport is located in Phu Minh Commune in Soc Son District, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) northeast of downtown Hanoi. The distance will be shortened by 15 km when the new Nhật Tân Bridge is completed in 2014. It can also be reached by National Road 3, which connects it with the eastern suburbs of the city. The airport is also close to some satellite cities of Hanoi such as Vinh Yen, Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen.

The airport is severely congested with a capacity of 9 million passengers yet serving a total of 15.2 million in 2013. This will be solved after the opening of the new International Terminal (Terminal 2) at the end of 2014. It will provide space for an additional 10 million passengers, increasing total capacity to 19 million per year. [1]


The airport opened on 2 January 1978 and the existing terminal building was completed and operational in 2001.

In 2005 Tiger Airways started thrice-weekly flights between Hanoi and Singapore after launching direct flights between Hồ Chí Minh City and Singapore becoming the first budget airline to operate in Vietnam. It was later joined by low-cost carrier AirAsia when they launched direct flights between Hanoi and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

The second runway (1B – 11R/29L) opened in 2006 and the following year the airport hosted an Airbus A380 for the first time, although no scheduled A380 services are operated from the airport. 2013 saw the first arrival of a Cargolux Boeing 747-8F. In 2014 Nội Bài received its first scheduled service from the newest generation of aircraft when All Nippon Airways started using a Boeing 787-8 on services between Hanoi and Tokyo.

Since mid-2010, it has been a SkyTeam hub after Vietnam Airlines joined the network that year.

2015 will see the launch of the first direct flights linking Hanoi and North America[2] which is home to a large population of Vietnamese. The routes will also link the Boeing assembly plants in Vietnam with the company's headquarters.

Terminals and Facilities[edit]

At 650 hectares, Noi Bai is the second-largest airport in Vietnam, behind the 800 hectare Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Terminal 1, has one main section for international flights and a new terminal extension (denoted Lobby E) for domestic flights, which was completed in early 2014.

In March 2012 the construction of a new terminal (Terminal 2) next to the existing one with a designed capacity of 16 million passengers per annum started. The 996m long new terminal, funded by a Japan International Cooperation Agency ODA loan was designed by Japan Airport Consultants and is being built by Taisei Corporation. It is expected to be put into operation early 2015 together with a new freeway connection the airport to downtown Hanoi.[3]

The airport has a 3,800-meter paved runway (CAT II – 11R/29L) which opened in August 2006 and an older 3,200-meter paved runway (CAT I – 11L/29R). The older runway is closed for upgrades for 4 months from August to December 2014. The distance between the two runways is only 250 metres, so the airport currently restricts the maximum passenger capacity in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation safety regulations.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

As of August 2014, the following destinations were served from Hanoi:

Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-200 taxiing at Noi Bai Airport.
VietJet Air Airbus A320-200 on pushback at Noi Bai Airport. A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER taxiing.

Passenger airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations Lobby
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo B
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur B
Air Macau Macau
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda B
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon B
Cambodia Angkor Air Phnom Penh, Siem Reap A
Cebu Pacific Manila B
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan A
China Eastern Airlines Nanning B
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou B
Dragonair Hong Kong A
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan A
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki TBA
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong A
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Narita B
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon [4] A
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 29 March 2015) Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Vinh E
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon A
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang, Vientiane A
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur B
Mandarin Airlines Taichung A
Qatar Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Doha A
Silk Air Singapore B
Singapore Airlines Singapore B
Sky Wings Asia Airlines Siem Reap B
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang B
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi B
Tigerair Singapore B
Uni Air Kaohsiung (ends 1 February 2015)[5] A
VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Seoul–Incheon, Siem Reap A
VietJet Air Buon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Da Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc E
Vietnam Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Busan, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, London–Gatwick, Luang Prabang, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Yangon C
Vietnam Airlines Buon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dien Bien Phu, Dong Hoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Quy Nhon, Tam Ky, Tuy Hoa, Vinh E
Vietnam Airlines Ho Chi Minh City B

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Dhaka, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore
China Airlines Cargo Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan
EVA Air Cargo Frankfurt, Singapore, Bangkok
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Mumbai[6]
Emirates Cargo Dubai
Finnair Cargo
operated by Nordic Global Airlines
Helsinki (ends 30 December 2014)[7]
Fedex Express Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Korean Air Cargo Dhaka, Seoul–Incheon, Navoi
Asiana Cargo Singapore
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[8]
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Singapore[9]
Singapore Airlines Cargo Singapore


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