Tan Son Nhat airport packed as Tet nears
Thousands of people are causing havoc at Tan Son Nhat International Airport as large family groups welcome relatives returning home for the Lunar New Year. The pick-up zone at the international terminal is jammed even at night.
Overly-large family groups turn up at the airport to greet their relatives.
Almost no empty seats were available due to the large numbers of people
Many people felt tired due to having to wait for hours
Children also joined crowds
The exit of the international terminal was congested
Happy smiles to see their relatives
Nguyen Thi Phuong, 53, said that it took her family three hours to get to the airport from An Giang Province. They then waited two hours at the airport to welcome a relative from South Korea.
Meanwhile, roads around the airport such as Truong Son, Bach Dang, Lang Cha Ca often face traffic jams
Tan Son Nhat International Airport is expected to serve 130,000 people around Tet, up 10,500 against the same period last year. Flight frequency this Tet is set to increase by 5.68-6.24% on-year.
HCM City authorities will focus on mitigating congestion at areas around the airport. The municipal Transport Department have halted licensing repair works on roads leading to the airport, except for urgent cases, from 6 am to 10 pm.
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Work on five projects to reduce traffic congestion in the Tan Son Nhat International Airport area in HCMC will begin soon.
The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) said 21 airports that it is managing and operating are expected to serve a total of 127 million passengers in 2020, a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.