Cat Bi International Airport
Cat Bi International Airport
Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi
|Operator||Northern Airports Services Company|
|Serves||Haiphong & Ha Long|
|Location||Hai Phong, Vietnam|
|Focus city for||VietJet Air|
|Elevation AMSL||4 m / 13 ft|
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Cat Bi International Airport (IATA: HPH, ICAO: VVCI) (Vietnamese: Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi a.k.a. Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Cát Bi) is an international airport located in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
First Indochina War
During the war Cat Bi Air Base was used by French Air Force (Armée de l'air), units based there included:
- Group de Chasse 2/22 Languedoc equipped with the F8F Bearcat
- Bomber Squadron 1/19 Gascogne equipped with the B-26 Invader
- Bomber Squadron 1/25 Tunisie equipped with the B-26
The base was also used by French Naval Aviation (Aéronavale), units based there included:
- Flotille 28F equipped with the PB4Y-2 Privateer
- the air groups of the Arromanches and Bois Belleau
On 14 November 1953 the United States Air Force 483d Troop Carrier Wing flew five C–119s from Clark Air Base to Cat Bi to qualify French Air Force crews on them.: 83 In December 1953 in order to support C–119s, the USAF deployed to Cat Bi detachments of the 483d Troop Carrier Wing, the 8081st Aerial Resupply Unit and a provisional maintenance squadron of the Far East Air Logistics Force in what was known as Operation Cat Paw which had a peak strength in April 1954 of 121 men.: 87
On 9 March 1954 civilian pilots from the CIA-backed Civil Air Transport (CAT) arrived at Cat Bi to begin flying C-119s, they began flying cargo missions on 12 March.: 110 Cat Bi-based CAT aircraft flew a total of 682 missions in support of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu between 13 March and 6 May 1954.
Vietnam has announced a new master plan to upgrade the airport with a 3,050-meter second runway, a new terminal, and a new apron by 2015. The existing runway will also be upgraded. After the expansion, the airport will be capable of serving up to 4–5 million passengers a year. The first phase of the project was completed in May 2016, enabling this airport a capacity of 2 million passengers per year.
Airlines and destinations
- Cat Bi International Airport became international airport from 00:01 of 11 May 2016.
- Ready for new international flight to Guangzhou, China at the end of Apr
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