Noi Bai International Airport

Nội Bài International Airport
Sân bay Quốc tế Nội Bài
Airport type Civil/Military
Owner Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV)
Operator Noi Bai International Airport Operation (NIA)
Serves Hanoi
Location Hanoi, Vietnam
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 21°12′50.4″N 105°48′10.8″E / 21.214000°N 105.803000°E / 21.214000; 105.803000Coordinates: 21°12′50.4″N 105°48′10.8″E / 21.214000°N 105.803000°E / 21.214000; 105.803000

Location in Vietnam

Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 10,497 3,200 Asphalt
11R/29L 12,466 3,800 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passenger movements 17,213,715[1]
Airfreight movements in tonnes 355,000[1]
Aircraft movements 100,846[1]

Nội Bài International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Nội Bài) in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the second largest airport in Vietnam in terms of land area and total capacity. It's also the second busiest airport in Vietnam after Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It is the main airport serving Hanoi, replacing the role of Gia Lam Airport. The airport consists of two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights, and the newly-built Terminal 2 (inaugurated on the 4th of January 2015) serves all international flights to and from Hanoi. The airport is currently the main hub of the country's flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, as well as a major hub of low-cost carriers Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific.

The airport is located in Phu Minh Commune in Soc Son District, about 35 kilometres (21 miles) northeast of downtown Hanoi, via the new Nhật Tân Bridge (also inaugurated on the 4th of January 2015).[2] It can also be reached by National Road 3, which connects it with the eastern suburbs of Hanoi. The airport is also close to some satellite cities of Hanoi such as Vinh Yen, Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen. The airport served a total of 13 million passengers in 2013, despite having a capacity of only 9 million at the time.[1] The new international terminal, which had its first commercial flight on the 25th of December 2014[3] and went into full operation on 31 December 2014, has boosted the total capacity of the airport to 25 million passengers per year.[4][5]


The airport was developed immediately south of the Phúc Yên Air Base and opened on 2 January 1978. The terminal 1 building was completed and became operational in 2001.

In 2005 Tiger Airways started thrice-weekly flights between Hanoi and Singapore after launching direct flights between Hồ Chí Minh City and Singapore becoming the first budget airline to operate in Vietnam. It was later joined by low-cost carrier AirAsia when they launched direct flights between Hanoi and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

The second runway (1B – 11R/29L) opened in 2006 and the following year the airport hosted an Airbus A380 for the first time, although no scheduled A380 services are operated from the airport. 2013 saw the first arrival of a Cargolux Boeing 747-8F. In 2014 the airport received its first scheduled service with the newest generation of commercial aircraft when All Nippon Airways started using a Boeing 787-8 on services between to Tokyo–Haneda and later the same year the airport received its first visit of Airbus A350 XWB operated by Airbus on World Tour trip. In 2015, Vietnam Airlines started to operate the Airbus A350 XWB for commercial domestic flights.

The airport has been a SkyTeam hub since mid-2010, after Vietnam Airlines joined the network that year.[6]

Terminals and facilities

New terminal building

At 650 hectares, Noi Bai is the second-largest airport in Vietnam, behind the 800 hectare Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Terminal 1, completed in 2001, had one main section for international flights with a new terminal extension (denoted Lobby E) for domestic flights, which was completed in late 2013. Together with the extension, terminal 1 is capable of handling 9 million passengers per annum.[7] Following the inauguration of Terminal 2 in January 2015, Terminal 1 is solely used for domestic flights. The construction of the new terminal (Terminal 2) next to the existing one with a designed capacity of 10 million passengers per annum started in March 2012. The 996m long new terminal building, funded by a Japan International Cooperation Agency ODA loan was designed by Japan Airport Consultants and was built by Taisei Corporation. The total investment for the project was ¥75.5 billion (US$645.35 million). Japan's official development assistance accounted for ¥59 billion ($504.27 million) of the investment, while the remaining amount was covered by local funds.[8] The new international terminal was inaugurated on the 4th of January 2015[2] together with a new freeway connecting the airport to downtown Hanoi via the Nhật Tân Bridge.

The airport has a 3,800-meter paved runway (CAT II – 11R/29L) which opened in August 2006 and an older 3,200-meter paved runway (CAT I – 11L/29R). The older runway is closed for upgrades for 4 months from August to December 2014. The distance between the two runways is only 250 metres, so the airport currently restricts the maximum passenger capacity in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation safety regulations.


Following the inauguration of the new international terminal, the Noi Bai International Airport received the World's Most Improved Airport Award from Skytrax.[9]

The construction project of the new Noi Bai international terminal also received the JICA President Award for 2015.[10]

Airlines and destinations


Terminal 1 check-in area
Terminal 2 check-in area
Aeroflot II-96-300 takeoff at Noi Bai International Airport
Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-200 taxiing at Noi Bai International Airport
Lao Airlines ATR 72 at Noi Bai International Airport
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 2
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International 2
Air Macau Macau 2
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda 2
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon 2
Cambodia Angkor Air Siem Reap 2
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong 2
Cebu Pacific Manila 2
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan 2
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning 2
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou 2
Eastar Jet Seoul–Incheon[11] 2
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan 2
Emirates Dubai–International, Yangon 2
Hainan Airlines Haikou[12] 2
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong 2
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Narita 2
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon 2
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Chu Lai,[13] Da Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon,[13] Tuy Hoa, Vinh 1
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Guangzhou,[14] Hong Kong
Charter: Guiyang[15]
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon[16] 2
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 2
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon 2
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang, Vientiane 2
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International 2
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International[17] 2
Mandarin Airlines Taichung 2
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang[18] 2
Qatar Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Doha 2
Silk Air Singapore 2
Singapore Airlines Singapore 2
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang 2
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2
Tigerair Singapore 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 2
VietJet Air Buon Ma Thuot, Can Tho, Chu Lai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue,[19] Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa[20] 1
VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Busan (begins 16 December 2016),[21] Seoul–Incheon, Siem Reap, Taipei–Taoyuan 2
Vietnam Airlines Buon Ma Thuot, Chu Lai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Dien Bien Phu, Dong Hoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Vinh 1
Vietnam Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Busan, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur–International, London–Heathrow, Luang Prabang, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Vientiane, Yangon 2


1: Kenya Airways's flight from Nairobi to Hanoi continues on to Guangzhou. Kenya Airways, however, does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers solely from Hanoi to Guangzhou.

2: Turkish Airlines's flight from Istanbul to Hanoi continue on to Ho Chi Minh City. Turkish Airlines, however, does not have eighth freedom rights to transport passengers solely from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.


Cathay Pacific Cargo Dhaka, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore
China Airlines Cargo Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan
Emirates SkyCargo[22] Dubai-Al Maktoum
Etihad Cargo[23] Abu Dhabi, Mumbai
EVA Air Cargo Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Frankfurt, Singapore
Fedex Express Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Korean Air Cargo Dhaka, Navoi, Seoul–Incheon
Qatar Airways Cargo[24] Doha
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Tehran-Imam Khomeini


Busiest international flights Out of Nội Bài International Airport by Frequency
RankDestinationsFrequency (Weekly)
1 Seoul 49
2 Bangkok 47
3 Siem Reap 36
4 Singapore 29
5 Tokyo 28
6 Taipei 23
7 Kuala Lumpur 21
8 Hong Kong 19
9 Guangzhou 16
10 Vientiane 14
11 Luang Prabang 14
12 Busan 10
13 Doha 7
14 Phnom Penh 7
15 Nagoya 7
16 Osaka 7
17 Moscow 6
18 Kaohsiung 6
19 Paris 6
20 Frankfurt 5
21 Yangon 5
22 Macau 4
23 Beijing–Capital 4
24 Shanghai–Pudong 3
25 Manila 3
26 Fukuoka 2
27 London 2
28 Nanning 1

Busiest domestic flights Out of Nội Bài International Airport by Frequency
RankDestinationsFrequency (Weekly)
1 Ho Chi Minh City 270
2 Da Nang 84
3 Nha Trang 56
4 Phu Quoc 35
5 Hue 32
11 Da Lat 30
6 Can Tho 28
7 Buon Ma Thuot 21
8 Quy Nhon 21
9 Pleiku 17
10 Vinh 14

See also

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