Cat Bi International Airport
|Cat Bi International Airport
Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi
|Operator||Northern Airports Services Company|
|Location||Hai Phong, Vietnam|
|Hub for||VietJet Air|
|Elevation AMSL||4 m / 13 ft|
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 carriers Arromanches and Bois Belleau
During the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the base was used by the CIA-backed Civil Air Transport to fly cargo missions to the besieged French base. Cat Bi-based CAT aircraft flew a total of 682 missions to Điện Biên Phủ 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
|Jetstar Pacific Airlines||Da Nang (begins 1 June 2017), Dong Hoi (begins 29 April 2017), Ho Chi Minh City|
operated by Thai Vietjet Air
|VietJet Air||Buon Ma Thuot, Da Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Seoul-Incheon|
|Vietnam Airlines||Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang|
- 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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- Airport information for VVCI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- French military images of Cat Bi supporting the Battle of Dien Bien Phu
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