Located in the largest city of Vietnam, Da Nang Airport is one of 3 international airports in the country, and is a pertinent gateway to central Vietnam. A look in the aviation history of Da Nang Airport would show a series of military occupation. The airport was originally built during the French colony and was named Tourane Airport. It was later used as a military airbase by the Japanese Air Force during the Japanese Occupation. After the Occupation ended, the French Air Force laid an asphalt runway and used it during the French Indochina War. The airport was also a major US military base during the infamous Vietnam War. Today, the airport shares its runways with the Vietnamese Air Force.
Da Nang Airport served approximately 3 million passengers in 2011, and expected to reach the 6 million target in 2016. The airport is a hub for Vietnam Airlines, and serves an average of approximately 100 flights per 24 hours. Completed in 2011, the new terminal building has an annual passenger capacity of 4 million, bumping up the airport’s total annual passenger capacity to 6 million. There were talks of expanding the new terminal to increase the annual passenger capacity to 10 million by 2020.
There are more than 10 passenger airlines operating domestic and international flights at Da Nang Airport, with over 15 regular non-stop flights to South East Asia. The small airport offers limited services for passengers and facilities, including cafes and bar, car rental desks, business lounge, retail stores, banks, ATMs, internet, as well as luggage facilities.
How to get around (within destination)
Da Nang Airport sits about 2 kilometres from the city, and most would recommend taking a taxi to the city as it’s cost-efficient and convenient. You can catch a taxi at the taxi rank outside Arrival, and a taxi fare to downtown Da Nang generally costs NZD 5. Taxi is not only a great and hassle-less way to the city, but it’s also a great way to get around the city. Look for VN Taxis as they are modern with air-con and metered.
What to see & do
As Da Nang Airport is located only a stone throw away from the heart of the city, the exciting attractions are quick and easy enough to get to, even if you are on transit or have limited time in Da Nang. Start at the Museum of Cham Sculpture and marvel at the world’s biggest collection of Cham antiquities housed in a French-colonial museum. Visit the largest Cao Dai Temple in Central Vietnam, where you’ll find a sign reading ‘van giao nhat ly’ which means ‘all religion have the same reason’ as well as a picture of the teachers of 5 of the world’s prominent religions – Mohammed, Laotse, Jesus, A Southeast Asian Buddha, and Confucius.