Single-day passenger numbers hit record at Tan Son Nhat airport

By Hoang Phong   January 26, 2023 | 12:57 am PT
Single-day passenger numbers hit record at Tan Son Nhat airport
Passengers line up at the security screening area at the domestic terminal of Tan Son Nhat Airport, HCMC, January 19, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam's busiest airport in HCMC, welcomed nearly 145,000 passengers Thursday, the final day of the seven-day Tet break, marking its highest single-day number ever.

Of these, nearly 56,000 passengers departed from HCMC while the rest (89,000) were returning from other localities, according to data from the Southern Airports Authority as cited by Bao Giao Thong newspaper.

Thursday's figure broke the record made the previous day when 137,000 passengers passed through the airport.

The airport had 913 flights scheduled on Thursday.

In 2019, the year before the onset of the Covid pandemic, Tan Son Nhat welcomed around 130,000 passengers on a peak Tet day.

In a bid to relieve congestion during the holidays, there are now temporary parking lots at the airport's entrance so cars and taxis can enter and exit more easily.

The airport has been serving 36 million passengers a year since 2017, exceeding its designed capacity of 25 million a year by 2020.

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