A plane is about to taking off at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Repairs to the 25R/07L runway at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City were completed and it was put into operation at 17:30 on July 20, according to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV).

The repairs were completed 12 hours earlier than planned and the runway was only closed from 10:48 to 17:30.

The airport was forced to close the runway for repair due to damage caused by lighting in a thunderstorm in the night of July 19.

After receiving a report from the ACV, the airport authority and the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam agreed to allow the airport to temporarily close the runway to serve the repairs from 10:48 on July 20 to 17:00 on July 21, causing the airport’s capacity to temporarily be reduced from 42 to 32 flights per hour.

The incident forced airlines to adjust their plans and draw up possible scenarios. However, there has been no specific information on the number of flights delayed by the incident.-VNA