Vietnam to expand Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City airports

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Vietnam plans to expand its international airports in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to meet growing demand for air travel within the country.

The Southern Airports Corporation, which operates Ho Chi Minh's Tan Son Nhat Airport, has submitted its plans to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), according to local news reports.

It plans to increase the number of parking bays in the airport to 52 from 42 as part of this expansion, they add.

"Capacity at Tan Son Nhat is just enough to serve 20 million passengers a year, or 54,800 passengers a day, but the holiday periods can see numbers over this limit," says Nguyen Nguyen Hung, general director of the Southern Airports Corporation, report the newspapers.

Hanoi's Noi Bai has 24 parking bays that receive 90 flights a day, but this can lead to overcrowding and result in delayed flights, according to the reports. There are plans to expand the airport, they add without providing details.