Cat Bi International Airport
Cat Bi International Airport
Cảng hàng không quốc tế Cát Bi
|Operator||Northern Airports Services Company|
|Serves||Haiphong & Ha Long|
|Location||Hai Phong, Vietnam|
|Hub for||VietJet Air|
|Elevation AMSL||4 m / 13 ft|
Location of airport in Vietnam
First Indochina War
During the war Cat Bi Air Base was used by French Air Force (Armée de l'air), units based there included:
- Group de Chasse 2/22 Languedoc equipped with the F8F Bearcat
- Bomber Squadron 1/19 Gascogne equipped with the B-26 Invader
- Bomber Squadron 1/25 Tunisie equipped with the B-26
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.: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.:87
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.: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.
On 22 May 1954 the 483d Troop Carrier Wing maintenance detachment at Cat Bi relocated to Tourane Air Base.:149
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. The first phase of the project was completed in May 2016, enabling this airport a capacity of 2 million passengers per year.
Airlines and destinations
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This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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- Airport information for VVCI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- French military images of Cat Bi supporting the Battle of Dien Bien Phu