Ho Chi Minh City Cheap Flights - SGN

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Ho Chi Minh City Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport

The Ho Chi Minh City Airport was built as Tan Son Nhat Airport by the French in the 1930s as a small unpaved airport. By mid-1956, it was upgraded by the United States with the construction of a 7,200-foot runway and additional terminal facilities, and became South Vietnamís international airport. During the Vietnam War, Tan Son Nhut Air Base was used by both the United States and the South Vietnamese Air Force. Even today, it is a joint civilian and military airport.

Tan Son Nhat International airport served 8.5 million passengers in 2008, and demand is increasing by 15-20% per annum. This has forced the operator, Southern Airports Authority, to continuously expand the airport. By 2015, the planners are anticipating 23.5 million passengers and 600,000 tons of cargo each year. Plans are already afoot to cater to this demand by building the new Long Thanh International airport away from the city. Tan Son Nhat will then cater only to domestic traffic.

Besides shuttle buses used for some arriving aircraft that are parked away from the terminal building, most passengers walk into the building through jet ways. Arriving and departing passengers are separated by floors for convenience. There are toilets and duty-free shops in the baggage area, and restaurants and lounges in the departure areas after customs and immigration. Additionally, there is a tourist information desk on the international arrivals floor for hotel reservations and other help. Currency can be exchanged at both the international arrivals and departure terminals, and a post office is located at the arrivals terminal. Passengers departing on international flights must pay a tax. The cheapest way to get into the city is by riding the Airport Bus. Minibuses and metered taxis also ply regularly between the airport and the city center. Many hotels can also arrange to transport passengers to the city. It is advisable to make these arrangements with hotels in advance. Car rental is not available at the airport.

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