||Da Nang International Airport
International Airport (IATA: DAD, ICAO: VVDN) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc
tế Đà Nẵng) is located in Đà Nẵng, the largest city in central Vietnam.
It is the third international airport in the country, besides Noi Bai
International Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho
Chi Minh City), and is an important gateway to access central Vietnam.
Da Nang International Airport, Vietnam
Đà Nẵng International Airport (IATA: DAD, ICAO: VVDN) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Đà Nẵng) is located in Đà Nẵng, the largest city in central Vietnam. It is the third international airport in the country, besides Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), and is an important gateway to access central Vietnam.
In addition to its civil aviation, the runway is shared with the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF, the Không Quân Nhân Dân Việt Nam), although military activities are now extremely limited
Situated on flat, sandy ground on the south side of the major port city of Da Nang, the area was ideal for an airfield, having unobstructed approaches to its north/south runways. Tourane Airport was built by the French colonial government in the 1930s as a civilian airport. During World War II, and the Japanese occupation of French Indochina, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force used it as a military air base.
After the war, the facility was used by the French Air Force during the French Indochina War (1945–1954). In 1953/54 the French laid a NATO-standard 7,800-foot (2,400 m) asphalt runway at Tourane and stationed loaned American B-26s "Invaders" of the Groupe de Bombardement 1/19 Gascogne. In 1954 after the Geneva Peace Accords, these B-26's were returned to the United States.
In 1955, the newly-established Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) inherited from the French a token force of fifty-eight aircraft. These included a few squadrons of Cessna L-19 observation aircraft, C-47 transports and various utility aircraft. Tourane Airfiled was turned over to civilian use, with the South Vietnamese using facilities at Bien Hoa, Nha Trang and at Tan Son Nhut, near Saigon.
In 1957 the VNAF re-established a presence at the renamed Da Nang Airport, stationing the 1st Liaison Squadron with Cessna L-19s. The South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) also used Da Nang as a ranger training facility.
Air Vietnam also used the facility from 1951 to 1975 for civilian domestic and international flights within Southeast Asia.
During the Vietnam War (1959–1975), the facility was known as Da Nang Air Base, and was a major United States military base. Once little more than a provincial airfield, the facility was expanded to 2,350 acres (950 ha) with two 10,000-foot (3,048 m) asphalt runways with concrete touchdown pads. parallel taxiways, and a heliport
Da Nang International Airport
Located very near the city center, Danang international airport is one of the three largest in Vietnam after Tan Son Nhat and Noi Bai airports and has a total area of 842 hectares of which the civil aviation section is allocated 150 hectares. Built in 1940, the Danang airport currently has 2 modern and well-equipped runways with 3,048 meters long and 45 meters wide of each, capable of handling big crafts such as B747, B767 and A320 landing safely in any weather condition.
According to the ICAO evaluation, the Danang airport could be an alternative transit point on the Europe-Asia Pacific international route as it is located in the Central Asia near the sea with ideal flying level.
Currently, there are more than 30 airlines of 20 countries operating in the Danang air space.
From Danang, there are not only domestic flights to Hanoi, Hochiminh city, Hai Phong, Hue, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Pleiku, ect. but also international ones to Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong (China), Vientiane (Laos), Phnompenh (Cambodia), Taipei (Taiwan)...
* Development orientation:
Currently, only 32 of the 820 hectares of Danang Airport are used by the civil aviation. Because it is a mixed civil-military airport, it is essential to fix the boundaries for using and managing land.
In the future, it is expected to expand the used land area to 150 hectares. By 2004, a new international terminal and service areas for passengers and cargo, will be built and be well-equipped with modern technical and material facilities so that 2.5 million people and 400,000 tons of cargo per year can be handled and flight operation can be guaranteed at any time.
It is also necessary for Danang airport to open more direct international flights and short domestic flights to serve tourism.