Noibai International Airport, Hanoi

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Noibai International Airport Noi Bai International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB)

Noi Bai International Airport, situated about 35km north of Hanoi, has a chequered history having been first built as a military airbase, which saw service during the Vietnam war as an airbase for the Vietnamese air force. With the war over and the country reunified in 1975, the airport was refurbished and became an international airport for commercial traffic (although still retaining some function as a military air base).

In 1995, the Prime Minister officially decided to build the first international terminal at Noi Bai. Terminal one began operation in October 2001 with a total ground area of 90,000m².

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It was equipped with modern technical systems and able to serve 4,000 customers an hour during rush periods with a capacity of 6.5 million passengers a year.

The airport is administered by the Northern Airports Authority, which charges passengers a departure tax to offset airport costs. This relatively modern airport has two parallel 3,800m (12,466ft) concrete paved runways designated 11L/29R and 11R/29L.

In 2006, the airport received approximately 3.5 million passengers and accounts for one third of international departures and arrivals at Vietnam's three international airports. As one of the highlights of Vietnamese aviation Noi Bai received the superjumbo A380 in September 2007.

In 2006 the Vietnamese Government approved a $236m project to build a new terminal (T2) for Noi Bai Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) will administer the project and maintain the correct international standards in conjunction with the ICAO (International Civil Aviation authority).

The project is now in the consultation phase with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), which is discussing the Noi Bai Airport master plan and T2 passenger terminal feasibility study with CAAV and the Northern Airports Authority. Consensus so far is that the airport should be developed in several phases to cope with changing technology and market needs.

Currently, the airport can handle six million passengers annually. In the medium-phase the capacity should be expanded to 12 million passengers a year (2010), to be further increased to 20 million by 2020.

Noi Bai Airport has a capacity to handle a maximum of 50 million passengers a year and has area for an additional parallel runway in the south if required.

According to the JETRO study team, immediate development at the airport should focus on the construction of T2, which is to be an international four-storey terminal with a total floor area of 90,000m².


T2 has already been designed to provide high-quality services, smooth passenger flow, future scope for expansion, and enhanced security, guaranteeing commercial success. A senior architect of the JETRO study team said three designs for the terminal were under consideration, and would be finalised during the implementation stage.

T2 is expected to be completed in time for the 1,000th anniversary of Ha Noi City in October 2010. At this time the existing T1 terminal will be modified to become a domestic passenger terminal. The JETRO study team has also provided the modification plan for T1. The project is estimated to cost about ¥31bn ($297m) and be funded by Japanese Government ODA (Official Development Assistance). The project will also include aircraft parking zones, elevated roads and a multi-storey car park.

Actions underway include approval of the 'Noi Bai Airport master plan and T2 feasibility study', environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental clearance, land acquisition, applying for assistance from the Japanese Government, and conducting a feasibility study for the Airport Rail Link (ARL).

An ARL is necessary as the Thang Long Expressway would not be able to handle the increased traffic after 2010.


By the end of 2007, Noi Bai Airport will have installed an automatic luggage processing system and four passenger bridges, worth $26m, in the original T1 building.

The airport has also recently constructed a new Air Traffic Control tower (ATC). The new ATC is located on a 4,500m² site inside the airport development area.

Vietnam Airlines invested the finance for the ATC, which was designed by the French company ADPi in conjunction with Archetype of Vietnam consulting on the technical design. The project produced an 88m ATC along with a four-storey technical building with a basement. The tower is 10m in diameter and is fully glass clad.

Noi Bai International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB), the biggest airport in northern Vietnam, serves the capital city of Hanoi. The airport is located 28 miles (45 km) from the city's downtown.

A number of Vietnamese and international airlines operate from Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, including Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Thai Airways, Lao Airlines, Nok Air and Tiger Airways.

The airport terminal provides various services, shopping, currency exchange, ATMs and transportation options.



Reviewers for Noi Bai International Airport: Until recently, I would have been in thr same cue as the other reviewers here. However, at Xmas, we were on our way on a family visit to Germany. Arrived at 8:15 and looking at the departure screens, boarding was at 8:25. WTF!?!

Turns out the missus messed up the departure times. No matter, we turned up at the VN Airlines Checkin Counter and blow me down, not only did they reopn the counter, make phone calls to smooth our way through and put our luggage through wiothout weighing it, they escorted us up to security, we breezed through the scans comfortably and made it to the boarding gate, onto the plane and into our seats. Only a 15 min. Delay on the flight departure. That was stunningly super, indeed.

We've been back and forth through this airport many times. The departure laounge is not great, but the cafe and new bakery/cafe are good places to wait, have something to eat and get a cold beer. The upstairs restaurants, I think, I could be wrong, are pretty much defunct now. Two years ago I would have pegged this airport as worse than Guangzhou (Canton) but now they have Macca's.

Comming in, well, the baggage trolleys are utter, utter crap and not designed for large bags, but recently there has been an influx on newer trollys that have bigger capacity, and anyone who has any complaints about the incoming cutoms clearance of bags needs to be bloody shot (or keep their mouth shut)

All in all, Noibai is moderately bureaucratic and sterile in some areas, yet in others its easy to navigate and transit through. You get the usual taxi touts outside the exit gates and the balls up they've made of the Noibai/Airport Taxi Rank still gets up my nose.

Noibai does need a makeover, it's a provincial sized airport with international aspirations, however, without the investment from major airlins in infrastructure, this place is not going to increase insize. but at this point in time, that's probably not neccessary. Improved services and streamlined procedures are a godsend if they can be put in place and administered well.

Noibai may be annoying to some, but after two and a half years of frequent travel through this palce, with good experiences and bad, I can't complain. I actually think it needs to talked up more, because, to me at least, it ain't that bad. Some services suck, so be forwarned and cqhange your money before you get to the airport. Use the designated taxi airport taxi system, or hire your own driver. You can get a bus but not at all times in the day or night. Food is expensive, but tell me of an airport where this is not a wallet gouge?

All in all I can't say I'm a fan, but I am comfortable with it's reasonably reliable predictability, and, occasionally, it shines like a bright ray of daylight in the middle of a cloudy day.   Source: