Phu Cat Airport

Phu Cat Airport (IATA: UIH, ICAO: VVPC) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Phù Cát) is the airport serving Qui Nhơn, Vietnam. It is in Phù Cát District between the towns of Ngo May and Đập Đá, around 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Qui Nhơn within Bình Định Province along the South Central Coast of Vietnam.

Phu Cat Airport

Sân bay Phù Cát
PhuCatAirport newterminal.jpg
Terminal entrance
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorMiddle Airport Authority
ServesQui Nhơn
LocationPhù Cát District
Hub forBamboo Airways
Elevation AMSL24 m / 79 ft
Coordinates13°57′18″N 109°02′32″E / 13.95500°N 109.04222°E / 13.95500; 109.04222Coordinates: 13°57′18″N 109°02′32″E / 13.95500°N 109.04222°E / 13.95500; 109.04222
Websitehttp://phucatairport.vn
Map
UIH is located in Vietnam
UIH
UIH
Location of the airport in Vietnam
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 3,051 10,010 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Total passengers630,935[1]
Aircraft movements4,346[1]
Sources: GCM,[2] STV[3]

As well as being a commercial airport, Phu Cat is also used by the Vietnamese Air Force (Khong Quan Nhan Dan Viet Nam).

Phu Cat Airport is the hub of a new Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways. Phu Cat Airport handled 1.5 million passengers in 2017.[4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Bamboo AirwaysCan Tho, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa,[5] Vinh[6]
Seasonal charter: Cheongju[7]
Pacific Airlines Ho Chi Minh City
VietJet Air Hai Phong,[8] Hanoi,[9] Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Vietravel Airlines Charter:: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

HistoryEdit

Phù Cát Airport was built in 1967 during the Vietnam War for the United States Air Force (USAF) by the American construction company RMK-BRJ. During the war, it was a major air base for the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and USAF. Until 1975, the airport was known as Gò Quánh Airport. The airport was one of the major sites for Agent Orange recharge besides Bien Hoa Air Base and Da Nang Air Base. Due to heavy activities involving dioxin during the war, the ground at the airport was polluted with toxic chemicals and cleanup efforts are still ongoing. After 1975, it was used for training purpose by the Vietnamese Air Force and subsequently developed into a mixed-use airport for both regional civic air transport and military activities in 1984 following the suspension of civic service at nearby Qui Nhơn Airfield. In September 1984, the airport served its first commercial flight.[10]

On July 10, 2003, construction on a new 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) passenger terminal for the airport started. The terminal was completed in June 2004. It has a capacity of 600,000 passengers per year with 2 airplane gates, 6 check-in counters and 2 conveyor belts.[10] The airport handled 420,000 passengers in 2014 and held an average 46% annual growth in passengers. The airport served 1.5 million passengers in 2017.

On February 13, 2017, works started on the site of a new passenger terminal for Phu Cat Airport. This terminal, built on a cost of US$22 million, would have a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year with room for expansion up to 2.4 million. The new terminal opened on May 3, 2018 and completely replaced the 2003-built terminal.[11]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Trí Dũng. "Bình Định đề xuất xây Nhà ga hành khách sân bay Phù Cát". Thời báo Tài chính Việt Nam. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Airport information for VVPC at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Airport information for Phu Cat Airport at Transport Search website.
  4. ^ "Chỉ bù lỗ sân bay ít khách" (in Vietnamese). Nguoi lao dong. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ "Bamboo Airways mở đường bay Thanh Hóa - Phú Quốc và Thanh Hóa - Quy Nhơn từ ngày 1/7". Vietnambiz (in Vietnamese). 12 June 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Bamboo Airways khai trương 3 đường bay mới kết nối Thanh Hóa – Quy Nhơn, Thanh Hóa – Phú Quốc, Vinh – Quy Nhơn". Bamboo Airways (in Vietnamese). 2 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  7. ^ https://vietnamnet.vn/vn/kinh-doanh/quy-nhon-don-chuyen-bay-bamboo-airways-dau-tien-tu-cheongju-han-quoc-606286.html
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "VietJet Air schedules new domestic routes from mid-June 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  9. ^ http://m.thanhniennews.com/travel/vietjet-announces-hanoiquy-nhon-flights-37805.html
  10. ^ a b "Giới thiệu". Cảng hàng không Phù Cát (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Đưa vào khai thác Nhà ga hành khách Cảng hàng không Phù Cát". Airports Corporation of Vietnam. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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