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|
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[self-published source]
- 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
- 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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- "Cảng hàng không Cát Bi là cảng hàng không quốc tế". CAAV. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- Tran, Hoi (2011). A Vietnamese Fighter Pilot in an American War. Xlibris. p. 54. ISBN 9781456847241.
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- Morgan, Ted (2010). Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War. Random House. pp. 252–3. ISBN 9781588369802.
- "A Look Back ... Earthquake McGoon's Final Flight". Central Intelligence Agency. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- "Air base near Haiphong hit by U.S. jets". Chicago Tribune. 10 February 1968.
- "By Sea, Air, and Land Chapter 4: Winding Down the War, 1968 - 1973". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- Vietnam releases master plan for Haiphong Airport
- "Vietjet Air Adds New Domestic Routes from May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Vietjet Air adds Haiphong International flights from Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- 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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