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Tan Son Nhat airport not overwhelmed despite crowds

By Minh Hoang

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HCMC – Despite crowds pouring in for the four-day National Day holiday, it was all smooth sailing at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport on August 31. September 2 is Vietnam’s National Day. Under Article 112 of the 2019 Labor Code, Vietnamese workers have two days off on the occasion of National Day, with the other day immediately preceding or following National Day. This year, the national holiday coincides with a weekend, so Vietnamese have a long holiday, which lasts from September 1 to 4.
Passengers at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s drop-off lane. The airport is expected to handle 730 daily flights for the National Day holiday, including 550 domestic and 180 international flights, a 6% increase over weekdays – PHOTO: MH
The eight-story parking building’s entrance. The number of passengers is expected to increase by around 12% compared to weekdays, primarily domestic ones. The total number of passengers will be around 120,000 daily – PHOTO: MH
A bus stop in front of the domestic terminal on lane B. Bus services operate at the airport, including line No.152, which connects the airport and the Trung Son Residential Area in Binh Chanh District, and line No.72-1 between the airport and the Vung Tau Coach Station in neighboring Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province – PHOTO: MH
Private and rental cars are seen at the airport. The Southern Airports Authority has recommended the HCMC Department of Transport terminate the transport service provider’s contract if it notices signs of a rip-off activity – PHOTO: MH
A view of the airport’s departure lounge. Many passengers made flight reservations early to avoid heavy traffic, while the airports’ authority has added more personnel to provide prompt support – PHOTO: MH
Passengers check in at the airport. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport will operate at full capacity while using a part of the international terminal for domestic flights during peak hours – PHOTO: MH
Passengers receive their luggage  at the airport’s baggage claim area. They appear to be moving smoothly through the security screening checkpoints – PHOTO: MH
At the international terminal, aviation security personnel are dispatched to support passengers – PHOTO: MH
A sign indicates the direction of the airport’s vehicle lanes – PHOTO: MH

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