Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
History, Facts and Overview
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
An extremely historic airport dating back to the beginning of the 1930s, Tan Son Nhat International Airport started life as a small airfield within the village of Tan Son Nhat. By the mid-1950s, the airport featured a runway measuring around 2,200 metres / 7,220 feet and soon became the leading airport for the whole of South Vietnam, being used by both the South Vietnamese and US Air Force.
During the 1970s, the traffic at Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) soared and the airport became one of the busiest hubs in the world, and today uses the airport code of 'SGN' after the city's earlier name of Saigon. Growth continued during the 1980s and 1990s, meaning that many improvements and expansions were necessary, just to keep up with demand. In 2007, construction of the four-floor New International Terminal began, at the cost of over $250 million.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport's terminal is home to a centrally located currency exchange booth where you can obtain Vietnam Dongs (VND), along with a post office and international telephone booths. There is one café onsite serving basic refreshments, as well as a small gift shop and a duty-free area on the second level of departures.
There are currently no business centres or conference facilities available at the airport. However, if you do need to arrange a conference, you should contact one of the big-name hotels in downtown Ho Chi Minh City who will be able to arrange rooms, equipment and catering to meet your needs.