Cat Bi International Airport

Cat Bi International Airport (IATA: HPH, ICAO: VVCI) (Vietnamese: Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi[2] a.k.a. Vietnamese: Sân bay Quốc tế Cát Bi) is an international airport located in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Cat Bi International Airport

Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi
Airport typePublic
OperatorNorthern Airports Services Company
ServesHaiphong & Ha Long
LocationHai Phong, Vietnam
Hub forVietJet Air
Elevation AMSL4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates20°49′09″N 106°43′29″E
Location of airport in Vietnam
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,050 10,007 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Total passenger2,737,700
Aircraft movements14,374
Airfreight (tonne)17,128
Hai Phong Portal[1]


First Indochina War

During the war Cat Bi Air Base was used by French Air Force (Armée de l'air), units based there included:

The base was also used by French Naval Aviation (Aéronavale), units based there included:

On 14 November 1953 the United States Air Force 483d Troop Carrier Wing flew five C–119s from Clark Air Base to Cat Bi to qualify French Air Force crews on them.[4]:83 In December 1953 in order to support C–119s, the USAF deployed to Cat Bi detachments of the 483d Troop Carrier Wing, the 8081st Aerial Resupply Unit and a provisional maintenance squadron of the Far East Air Logistics Force in what was known as Operation Cat Paw which had a peak strength in April 1954 of 121 men.[4]:87

On the night of 6/7 March 1954 the Viet Minh attacked the base destroying 1 B-26 and 6 Morane-Saulnier MS.500 Criquets.[5]

On 9 March 1954 civilian pilots from the CIA-backed Civil Air Transport (CAT) arrived at Cat Bi to begin flying C-119s, they began flying cargo missions on 12 March.[4]:110 Cat Bi-based CAT aircraft flew a total of 682 missions in support of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu between 13 March and 6 May 1954.[6]

On 22 May 1954 the 483d Troop Carrier Wing maintenance detachment at Cat Bi relocated to Tourane Air Base.[4]:149

Vietnam War

During the war the base was used by the Vietnam People's Air Force. On 9 January and 10 February 1968 United States jets attacked the base.[7]

In early 1973 US C-130 aircraft flew into Cat Bi to deliver minesweeping equipment as part of Operation End Sweep.[8]


Vietnam has announced a new master plan to upgrade the airport with a 3,050-meter second runway, a new terminal, and a new apron by 2015. The existing runway will also be upgraded. After the expansion, the airport will be capable of serving up to 4–5 million passengers a year.[9] The first phase of the project was completed in May 2016, enabling this airport a capacity of 2 million passengers per year.

The new terminal and new runway were opened on 12 May 2016, the airport can serve the Boeing 767, Airbus A350 XWB and similar aircraft.

Airlines and destinations

Bamboo Airways Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang,[10] Quy Nhon[11]
Donghai Airlines Shenzhen[12]
Jetstar Pacific Airlines Ho Chi Minh City
Ruili Airlines Kunming[13]
VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Buon Ma Thuot,[14] Can Tho , Da Lat,[14] Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc,[14] Pleiku, Seoul-Incheon[15]
Vietnam Airlines Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City

See also


  • Cat Bi International Airport became international airport from 00:01 of 11 May 2016.[2]
  • Ready for new international flight to Guangzhou,China at the end of Apr


  1. "Tình hình Vận tải hàng hóa và hành khách tháng 12/2018". Haiphonginfo. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. "Cảng hàng không Cát Bi là cảng hàng không quốc tế". CAAV. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. Windrow, Martin (2011). The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam. Hachette. p. 181. ISBN 9781780222479.
  4. Williams, Kenneth (2019). The US Air Force in Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War A Narrative Chronology Volume I: The Early Years through 1959 (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. Morgan, Ted (2010). Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War. Random House. pp. 252–3. ISBN 9781588369802.
  6. "A Look Back ... Earthquake McGoon's Final Flight". Central Intelligence Agency. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. "Air base near Haiphong hit by U.S. jets". Chicago Tribune. 10 February 1968.
  8. "By Sea, Air, and Land Chapter 4: Winding Down the War, 1968 - 1973". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  9. Vietnam releases master plan for Haiphong Airport
  14. "Vietjet Air Adds New Domestic Routes from May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  15. "Vietjet Air adds Haiphong International flights from Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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