Da Nang International Airport

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Da Nang International Airport
Sân bay Quốc tế Đà Nẵng
DAD new terminal 2012 01.JPG
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Airports Corporation of Vietnam
Serves Da Nang
Location Da Nang, Vietnam
Hub for Vietnam Airlines
Elevation AMSL 10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates 16°02′38″N 108°11′58″E / 16.04389°N 108.19944°E / 16.04389; 108.19944
Website http://danangairport.vn
DAD is located in Vietnam
Location of airport in Vietnam
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,048 10,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 6.722.587 [1]

Da Nang International Airport (IATA: DADICAO: VVDN) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Đà Nẵng) is located in Da Nang, the largest city in central Vietnam. It is the third international airport in the country, besides Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), and is an important gateway to access central Vietnam.

In addition to its civil aviation, the runway is shared with the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF, the Không Quân Nhân Dân Việt Nam), although military activities are now extremely limited.[2] The airport served 5 million passengers in 2014, around six years sooner than expectation.[3] An expansion of the new terminal is currently considered to increase its capacity to 10 million passengers per annum by 2020.[4] This airport handled 6,722,587 passengers in 2015, an increase of 34.7% compared with that of 2014.[5]


For the military use of the facility, see Danang Air Base.

Situated on flat, sandy ground on the south side of the major port city of Da Nang, the area was ideal for an airfield, having unobstructed approaches to its north/south runways. Tourane Airport was built by the French colonial government in the 1930s as a civilian airport. During World War II, and the Japanese occupation of French Indochina, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force used it as a military air base.

B-26C Serial 44-34109 of the French Air Force over Indochina, 1952. This aircraft was returned to the USAF Oct 1955 and scrapped.

After the war, the facility was used by the French Air Force during the French Indochina War (1945–1954). In 1953/54 the French laid a NATO-standard 7,800-foot (2,400 m) asphalt runway at Tourane and stationed loaned American B-26s "Invaders" of the Groupe de Bombardement 1/19 Gascogne. In 1954 after the Geneva Peace Accords, these B-26s were returned to the United States.

In 1955, the newly established Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) inherited from the French a token force of fifty-eight aircraft. These included a few squadrons of Cessna L-19 observation aircraft, C-47 transports and various utility aircraft. Tourane Airfield was turned over to civilian use, with the South Vietnamese using facilities at Bien Hoa, Nha Trang and at Tan Son Nhut, near Saigon.

In 1957 the VNAF re-established a presence at the renamed Da Nang Airport, stationing the 1st Liaison Squadron with Cessna L-19s. The South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) also used Da Nang as a ranger training facility.

Air Vietnam also used the facility from 1951 to 1975 for civilian domestic and international flights within Southeast Asia.

During the Vietnam War (1959–1975), the facility was known as Da Nang Air Base, and was a major United States military base. Once little more than a provincial airfield, the facility was expanded to 2,350 acres (950 ha) with two 10,000-foot (3,048 m) asphalt runways with concrete touchdown pads. parallel taxiways, and a heliport.

During the war the VNAF's 1st Air Division,[6] and the USAF's 23d Air Base Group, 6252nd Tactical Wing, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, and the U.S. Navy (a detachment of VQ-1) operated from the base.

Recent history[edit]

During the year 2006, Da Nang Airport counted one million passengers annually (40,000 international passengers), the first time since 1975 it had reached this level.[2] By comparison, both the fourth-ranked Phu Bai Airport and fifth-ranked Cam Ranh Airport counted around 400,000 total passengers in the same year.[citation needed] In order to cope with increasing traffic, a new passengers terminal opened on December 2011.


Construction of the new terminal in September 2010.
Departures hall.

Da Nang International Airport has two 10,000-foot (3,048 m) paved, parallel runways (17–35 orientation) capable of handling large, modern aircraft such as Boeing 747s, 767s and Airbus 320s.[2] Traffic volume at Da Nang averages 100 to 150 flights every 24 hours. Annual traffic was circa 1.45 million in 2007 and is expected to reach four million by 2020.[7]

A new 20,000m² terminal, costing USD $84 million with a capacity of 4 million passengers per year, opened to receive its first domestic flight on 15 December.[8] The feasibility study for the renovation of the airport was partially sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and was completed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2006. The new terminal includes five boarding gates, baggage handling systems, departure and arrivals areas, flight information display system (FIDS), common user terminal equipment (CUTE), fire detection systems and comprehensive public address and security systems, including screening equipment. Additionally, one of the airport's two runways was extended from 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) to 3,500 metres (11,483 ft). After completion – at a total investment of USD $160 million – the airport now has a total capacity of six million passengers per year.[2][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air Busan Busan
Air Macau Macau
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Beijing Capital Airlines Sanya[10]
Cambodia Angkor Air Siem Reap
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Dalian, Nanning, Zhengzhou
Seasonal charter: Chengdu, Wuxi[11]
HK Express Hong Kong
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal: Daegu[12]
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei-Taoyuan[13]
Jin Air Busan, Seoul-Incheon
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Sichuan Airlines Sanya[14]
SilkAir Siem Reap, Singapore
T'way Airlines Seoul–Incheon
VietJet Air Can Tho, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Macau
Vietnam Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Buon Ma Thuot, Chengdu, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jinan, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Guangzhou, Seoul–Incheon, Shijiazhuang, Tokyo–Narita


Asiana Airlines Charter: Cheongju
Hainan Airlines Charter: Guangzhou,[15] Haikou,[16] Shenzhen[17]
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Charter: Macau[18]
Loong Air Charter: Hangzhou[19]
VietJet Air Charter: Seoul–Incheon
Vietnam Airlines Charter: Guiyang (begins 20 January 2017),[20] Ibaraki, Shanghai–Pudong, Taiyuan,[citation needed] Wuhan, Xi'an,[20] Zhengzhou[18]


Airlines Destinations
MASkargo Sydney

Terminated routes[edit]

At the beginning of 2008, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines announced the operation of summer charters between Seoul (Incheon International Airport) and Da Nang. Both carriers plan to convert this route to year-round regular scheduled service if this summer charter season proves to be successful.

TransAsia Airways started service between Taipei and Da Nang in December 2009, and China Southern Airlines began service between Guangzhou and Da Nang in January 2010;[21] flights operate twice weekly. The Vietnamese Government is hoping to serve more flights, to destinations such as Phnom Penh, Hong Kong, Siem Reap, Japan, South Korea and Thailand after the construction of the new international terminal is complete in 2011.

Tiger Airways terminated their SIN–DAD flight due to high airport fees.