Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport Runway Closed

By Thu Huong.

According to Vietnam Aviation Authority, one of the two runways at Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport is to be closed for maintenance from 25February2013. The maintenance time is estimated to take 8 months. Because there will be only one runway in operation, flight schedules are to be adjusted accordingly.

Vietnam Aviation Authority also discloses that only Vietnam domestic flights are affected due to this closure. All international flight schedules are to be unchanged. Still, airlines are worried that there will be a lot of unexpected changes during the closure time.

Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport is the busiest airport in Vietnam with both domestic and international flights. Recently, Hue Airport is planned to be closed for maintenance in 8 months from March 2013. So, it is expected that there will be a lot of shuffles with flight schedules and air travel in Vietnam in 2013.

Update on 21Mar2013

Vietnam Aviation Authority announces that repair of the runway at Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport is to be completed at the end of June 2013, 4 months earlier than originally planned. The Aviation Authority also discloses that only 15% of the domestic flights have been affected by the closure, no flights have been cancelled and all international flights are unaffected by far.