Tan Son Nhat International Airport
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For the military use of the facility during the Vietnam Wars, see Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Tân Sơn Nhất), is Vietnam's largest international airport in terms of area (800 ha/1,977 acres compared with 650 ha/1,606 acres of Noi Bai International Airport and Da Nang International Airport) and in terms of capacity (with the capacity of 15-17 million passengers per year, compared to Noi Bai's capacity of 6 million passengers per year and Da Nang's 2 million passengers per year) and also the country's largest airport in terms of passengers (with an estimated number of over 11 million passengers per year in 2007, more than a half of that of Vietnam's all airports), serves Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Dong Nam Bo in general in southern Vietnam. Its IATA code, SGN, was derived from the city's
Tan Son Nhat International Airport has its origins in the early 1930s, when the French Colonial government constructed a small unpaved airport, known as Tân Sơn Nhất Airfield in the village of Tan Son Nhat. By mid-1956 United States of America foreign aid built a 7,200-foot (2,190 m) runway and the facility became South Vietnam's international airport. During the Vietnam War (or Second Indochina War), Tan Son Nhut Air Base (then using the alternative spelling Tân Sơn Nhứt) was an important facility for both the United States and the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF). Before 1975, Tan Son Nhat International Airport had been one of the busiest airbases worldwide.
On December 9, 2004, United Airlines became the first U.S. airline to fly to Vietnam since Pan Am's last flight during the Fall of Saigon. UA869 (a Boeing 747-400) landed at Ho Chi Minh City, which was a continuation of United's San FranciscoHong Kong service. Service was then switched from San Francisco to Los Angeles with a stop in Hong Kong as UA 867 (also a Boeing 747-400) on October 29, 2006. In 2006, this airport served approximately 8.5 million passengers (compared with 7 million in 2005) with 64.000 aircraft movements .Tan Son Nhat Airport has recently accounted for nearly two thirds of the international arrivals and departures in all of Vietnam's airports.
Due to the increasing demand (about 15%-20% per annum), this airport has been continuously expanded by the Southern Airports Authority.
This airport served 13 million passengers in 2008 compared to 11 million passengers in 2007. According to the new expansion plan by Vietnamese government, Tan Son Nhat International Airport will be enlarged to enable it to provide facilities and space for around 70 planes to land by 2015 and to handle 23.5 million passengers and 600,000 tonnes of cargo per annum.  
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