Tan Son Nhat International Airport, formerly known as Saigon Airport, is the largest international airport in Vietnam in terms of area and passenger traffic. It has a handling capacity of 20 million passengers per annum, with a recorded number of 17,538,000 passengers in 2012. It accounts for approximately two-thirds of the international arrivals and departures in all airports in Vietnam. The airport serves the Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the rest of southeastern Vietnam. It is operated by Airports Corporation of Vietnam and serves as the hub for Jetstar Pacific Airlines, VASCO, VietJet Air, and Vietnam Airlines. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is situated approximately eight kilometres from the city centre. Passengers coming from the United States or Europe usually stop over at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, while passengers travelling to the southern part of Vietnam depart here.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport has two major terminals and two runways. Currently, domestic flights operate from Terminal 1 (T1), while international flights operate from Terminal 2 (T2). The new international terminal was opened in the first quarter of 2007 and features high-end equipment which meet international standards. There are 14 cargo airlines and around 43 passenger airlines that fly out from the airport. However, upon completion of the construction of a new airport called Long Thanh International Airport, only domestic flights will operate at Tan Son Nhat. The terminals are connected to each other via a covered walkway
Services and Facilities
The new equipment in the international terminal includes eight sky bridges, 10 luggage conveyor belts, 18 elevators, 20 escalators, eight moving walkways, 10 sets of automatic doors, 43 X-ray machines, as well as flight information boards and security equipment (CCTV and screening equipment). The airport offers Wi-Fi access, online ticket sales, and has entertainment areas, as well as specialised retail areas that include health and beauty care. If you require assistance or have any inquiry, you can proceed to the airport’s information and help desk located outside the domestic terminal and the other at the ground floor or international arrivals at the international terminal. For your foreign exchange needs, you can head to the money exchange outlet located at the middle of the arrivals lounge. ATMs are situated outside the domestic terminal; ground floor outside international terminal. There are also available public telephones near the ticketing and Lost & Found counters. There’s a baggage storage area in the domestic terminal and another on the ground floor outside the international arrival terminal. For left baggage, you can also proceed to the ground floor outside the international arrival terminal. This service is operated by BagLink. The airport has a wide variety of lounges for its passengers’ comfort and relaxation. There are also lounges that different airlines provide for their passengers, just refer to your airline for access. Hotels near the airport offer shuttle services. If you are looking for a place to spend a night or so, there are a couple of hotels located a short distance away from Tan Son Nhat International Airport including Golden View Hotel, Mi Linh Hotel, Sunflowers Hotel, Ha Noi Hotel, and Vo Thanh Binh Hotel.