Da Nang International Airport

Da Nang International Airport (IATA: DAD, ICAO: VVDN) is an international airport serving the area of Central Vietnam, especially Da Nang, the largest city there. It is the third international airport in the country, after Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).

Da Nang International Airport

Sân bay Quốc tế Đà Nẵng
Airport typePublic / Military
Owner/OperatorAirports Corporation of Vietnam
ServesDa Nang
LocationDa Nang, Vietnam
Hub forVietnam Airlines
Operating base for
Elevation AMSL10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates16°02′38″N 108°11′58″E / 16.04389°N 108.19944°E / 16.04389; 108.19944
DAD /VVDN is located in Da Nang
Location within the city of Da Nang
DAD /VVDN is located in Vietnam
DAD /VVDN (Vietnam)
DAD /VVDN is located in Southeast Asia
DAD /VVDN (Southeast Asia)
DAD /VVDN is located in Asia
DAD /VVDN (Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,048 10,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total passengers15,543,598 Increase17.5%
Source: Taseco Airs[1]

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][unreliable source?] The airport served 5 million passengers in 2014, reaching that passenger count around six years sooner than expected.[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]

This airport handled 11 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 24.1% compared to that of 2016.[6] The airport has two separate terminals for international and domestic passengers with total passenger capacity of 11 million per annum as at 2018.[7] The Hanoi-Danang and Ho Chi Minh City-Danang routes have respectively 319 and 250 weekly flights and are, in order, the second and third busiest air routes in Vietnam after the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route (475 flights).

History edit

Colonial French edit

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 1940s as a civilian airport.[8] 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.

Vietnam War edit

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,[9] 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.

COVID-19 pandemic edit

According to the regulation of the Ministry of Transport issued on 27 July 2020, the airport was temporarily closed from 28 July to 7 September to prevent an outbreak in the city.[10]

Facilities edit

Inside the International Terminal of Da Nang Airport
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 A320s.[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.[11]

A new 20,000m² terminal, costing US$84 million with a capacity of 4 million passengers per year, opened to receive its first domestic flight on 15 December 2011. 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, and at a cost of US$160 million, the airport now has a total capacity of six million passengers per year.[2][12]

A new international terminal 2, covering 48,000m2, with a total investment sum of US$154 million and a designed capacity of 6 millions passenger per year was put into use on 5 May 2017.[7][13]

Airlines and destinations edit

Aero K Cheongju[14]
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air Busan Busan, Seoul–Incheon[15]
Air Macau Macau
Air Seoul Seoul–Incheon[16]
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Bamboo Airways Da Lat (Temporarily suspended from November 21, 2023), Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc (Temporarily suspended from October 29, 2023)
Charter: Kaohsiung, Muan, Taichung[17]
Batik Air Malaysia Kuala Lumpur–International[18]
Cambodia Angkor Air Phnom Penh (suspended),[19] Siem Reap[20]
Cebu Pacific Manila[21]
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[22]
Eastar Jet Seoul–Incheon[23]
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
Hai Au Aviation Dong Hoi,[24] Hue[25]
HK Express Hong Kong
Jeju Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal: Muan[26]
Jin Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Vientiane[27]
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International (begins 24 September 2024)[28]
Pacific Airlines Ho Chi Minh City, Muan
Seasonal: Phu Quoc[29]
Charter: Macau[30]
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Starlux Airlines Taichung,[31] Taipei–Taoyuan
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai
Thai VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi[32]
Tigerair Taiwan Kaohsiung,[33] Taichung, Taipei–Taoyuan[34]
T'way Air Cheongju,[35] Daegu, Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal charter: Jeju
VietJet Air Buon Ma Thuot,[36] Busan,[37] Can Tho, Daegu, Da Lat,[36] Hai Phong, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Muan, Nha Trang,[38] Phu Quoc,[36] Seoul–Incheon, Singapore,[39][40] Thanh Hoa,[36] Tokyo–Haneda,[41] Vinh[36]
Seasonal: Ahmedabad,[42] Delhi, Mumbai[43]
Charter: Macau, Matsuyama, Nagoya–Centrair, Taichung, Taipei–Taoyuan, Yangyang
Vietnam Airlines Bangkok–Don Mueang,[44] Busan, Chengdu–Tianfu, Guangzhou, Ha Long,[45] Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur–International,[46] Osaka–Kansai, Phu Quoc,[47] Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong,[48] Singapore,[49] Thanh Hoa,[47] Tokyo–Narita
Charter: Guiyang,[50] Ibaraki, Lanzhou,[51] Taipei–Taoyuan, Wuhan, Xian

Statistics edit

Year Passengers
2008 1.710.758
2009 2.079.758
2010 2.479.307
2011 2.877.078
2012 3.090.877
2013 4.376.775
2014 4.989.687
2015 6.724.604
2016 8.783.429
2017 10.860.235
2018 13.229.663
2019 15.543.598

Accidents and incidents edit

  • On 30 September 1970, Douglas DC-3DST B-305 of Air Vietnam crashed into a hill near Da Nang while attempting to divert to Da Nang Airport due to weather conditions at its intended destination of Phu Bai Airport, Huế. Three of the 38 people on board were killed.[52]

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