Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam that covers a total area of approximately 796 square miles. Tourism, Finance, Industry, Seafood processing, mining, agriculture and trade are the major economic activities.
Transportation facilities include airways, railways, waterways, private transport and expressway. In this blog, we will explore all airports in Ho Chi Minh City with technical information, airlines, destinations and various other information.
Without further delay, let’s get started.
Airports in Ho Chi Minh City
At present, there is only one airport in Ho Chi Minh City and it is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). Another airport known as Long Thanh International Airport is under construction is just 40 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City. This new international airport is expected to operate from 2040 and replace the international flights of SGN.
|AIRPORT NAME||DISTANCE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY||ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME|
|Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)||7 kilometres||15 minutes|
|Long Thanh International Airport (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)||40 kilometres||1 hour|
Note: The distance and driving time are taken from Google Maps including the fastest route with the usual traffic.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
Tan Son Nhat Int’l Airport (ICAO: VVTS, IATA: SGN) is the only international airport in Ho Chi Minh City. It is owned and operated by the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.
SGN is situated at an elevation of 33 ft (10 m) AMSL and is a hub for Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO). The airport serves Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area in Vietnam.
SGN Runway and Terminal Information
Tan Son Nhat International Airport is equipped with two concrete runways with the designation Rwy 07L/25R and Rwy 07R/25L.
|07L/25R||10,007 ft (3,050 m)||Concrete|
|07R/25L||12,467 ft (3,800 m)||Concrete|
Talking about the airport infrastructure, there are two major passenger terminal buildings with separate sections for international and domestic flight operations.
Airlines and Destinations
Various domestic and international airlines operate flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City. The list of airlines operating at SGN are:
- Air Busan
- Air China
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- Asiana Airlines
- Bamboo Airways
- Cambodia Angkor Air
- Cathay Pacific
- Cebu Pacific
- China Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Chongqing Airlines
- Druk Air
- Edelweiss Air
- EVA Air
- Fly Gangwon
- Japan Airlines
- Jeju Air
- Jetstar Airways
- Jetstar Asia Airways
- Korean Air
- Lao Airlines
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Malindo Air
- Mandarin Airlines
- Nok Air
- Pacific Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Philippine AirAsia
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Brunei Airlines
- Ruili Airlines
- Sichuan Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Starlux Airlines
- Thai AirAsia
- Thai Viaetjet Air
- Turkish Airlines
- T’way Air
- Uni Air
- VietJet Air
- Vietnam Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines operated by VASCO
- Vietravel Airlines
You can visit the SGN official website and find out the destinations served by the airlines listed above.
Furthermore, cargo carriers including Cargolux, DHL Aviation, FedEx Express, Emirates SkyCargo, Etihad Cargo, UPS Airlines, Qatar Airways Cargo, Korean Air Cargo and various others operate cargo flights to and from SGN.
SGN Technical Information
|ELEVATION||33 ft (10 m) AMSL|
|RUNWAY||07L/25R (3,050 m long) – Concrete Surface|
07R/25L (3,800 m long) – Concrete Surface
Long Thanh International Airport
Long Thanh Int’l Airport is set to become the new international airport close to Ho Chi Minh City. This huge airport project is expected to complete by the year 2040 with the first phase completion target by 2025.
Long Thanh is in construction to match the 4F Airport standards which is known as the highest airport class. It will cover a total surface area of 5,000 square meters along with additional 25,000 square meters for the airport infrastructure.
The new international airport is expected to feature four passenger terminals and four runways. With its completion, the airport will be able to serve 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo every year by 2040.
It is also expected the new airport will contribute 3 to 5 per cent of Vietnam’s GDP. Talking about the flight operation, it will replace Tan Son Nhat International Airport as a major international hub connecting Vietnam with various destinations across the globe.
Long Thanh Airport project is categorized into 3 phases. Phase 1 began in 2021 and will run till 2025, Phase 2 will initiate from 2025 to 2035 whereas Phase 3 will begin from 2035 to 2040.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the only airport in Ho Chi Minh City at the moment however, the new international airport Long Thanh will become the most expensive and major international hub when it begins operation in the year 2040. Till then, Tan Son Nhat Airport will serve as a major international airport in Ho Chi Minh.
Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many airports are there in Ho Chi Minh City?
At present, there is only one airport in Ho Chi Minh City called Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). A new international airport (located 40 km east of Ho Chi Minh) known as Long Thanh Int’l Airport is under construction and will be ready for commercial flights by 2040.
What is the name of the Ho Chi Minh International Airport?
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is the name of the Ho Chi Minh International Airport.
Is Ho Chi Minh City Airport open?
Yes, Ho Chi Minh City Airport is open 24 hours a day.
What is the biggest airport in Vietnam?
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) is the biggest airport in Vietnam which is located just 4 miles from downtown Ho Chi Minh City.