Cat Bi International Airport

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Cat Bi International Airport
Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi
Departure CatBi.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Northern Airports Services Company
Location Hai Phong, Vietnam
Hub for VietJet Air
Elevation AMSL 4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates 20°49′09″N 106°43′29″E / 20.81917°N 106.72472°E / 20.81917; 106.72472Coordinates: 20°49′09″N 106°43′29″E / 20.81917°N 106.72472°E / 20.81917; 106.72472
HPH is located in Vietnam
Location of airport in Vietnam
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,050 10,007 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total passenger 1,787,300
Aircraft movements 12,400
Airfreight (tonne) 6,872

Cat Bi International Airport (IATA: HPH, ICAO: VVCI) (Vietnamese: Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi[2] a.k.a. Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Cát Bi) is an international airport located in Hai Phong, Vietnam.


First Indochina War[edit]

During the war Cat Bi Air Base was used by French Air Force (Armée de l'air), units based there included:

The base was also used by French Naval Aviation (Aéronavale), units based there included:

On the night of 6/7 March 1954 the Viet Minh attacked the base destroying 1 B-26 and 6 Morane-Saulnier MS.500 Criquets.[5]

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.[6]

Vietnam War[edit]

During the war the base was used by the Vietnam People's Air Force. On 9 January and 10 February 1968 United States jets attacked the base.[7]

In early 1973 US C-130 aircraft flew into Cat Bi to deliver minesweeping equipment as part of Operation End Sweep.[8]


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.[9] The first phase of the project was completed in May 2016, enabling this airport a capacity of 2 million passengers per year.

The new terminal and new runway were opened on 12 May 2016, the airport can serve the Boeing 767, Airbus A350 XWB and similar aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Donghai Airlines Shenzhen[10]
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Ho Chi Minh City
VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Buon Ma Thuot,[11] Da Lat,[11] Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc,[11] Pleiku, Seoul-Incheon[12]
Vietnam Airlines Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City

See also[edit]


  • Cat Bi International Airport became international airport from 00:01 of 11 May 2016.[2]
  • Ready for new international flight to Guangzhou,China at the end of Apr


  1. ^ "Khởi công dự án "Xây dựng nhà ga hành khách – Cảng HKQT Cát Bi"". Airports Corporation of Vietnam. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Cảng hàng không Cát Bi là cảng hàng không quốc tế". CAAV. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Tran, Hoi (2011). A Vietnamese Fighter Pilot in an American War. Xlibris. p. 54. ISBN 9781456847241. 
  4. ^ Windrow, Martin (2011). The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam. Hachette. p. 181. ISBN 9781780222479. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "A Look Back ... Earthquake McGoon's Final Flight". Central Intelligence Agency. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Air base near Haiphong hit by U.S. jets". Chicago Tribune. 10 February 1968. 
  8. ^ "By Sea, Air, and Land Chapter 4: Winding Down the War, 1968 - 1973". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Vietnam releases master plan for Haiphong Airport
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  11. ^ a b c "Vietjet Air Adds New Domestic Routes from May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Vietjet Air adds Haiphong International flights from Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 

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