Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) has put into operation an Area and Approaching Control Centre at Cam Ranh International Airport from 7 am on August 16.

According to VATM, Cam Ranh International Airport serves not only civil aviation with some 100-150 flights per day but also military aviation activities such as training or cargo transport using many types of aircraft including helicopter. Thus, the establishment of the centre will help improve coordination in flight operation in the airport.

The centre is responsible for providing air traffic control service (area control service, approaching control service, air traffic counseling, and alarm service), flight information service, and meteorological service.

Also, it will work to improve quality of air services, enhance proficiency of civil flight operation as well as coordination in organising military training flights, and increase capacity to receive more aircraft.

This is the fourth Area and Approaching Control Centre in Vietnam, following those in Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang International Airports.

The VATM also operates two air traffic control centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and aerodrome control towers in all domestic airports.

Cam Rank airport was constructed by the US army for military purpose during the war. In 2004, it was turned into a civil airport, and five years later it was upgraded to an international airport.

The airport has been witnessing hectic activities, with the number of arrivals increasing substantially in recent years. Statistics from the airport revealed that in 2011 the number of passengers reached 1 million, and the figure nearly doubled to almost 4.9 million in 2016 and was estimated at 6 million in 2017.

Earlier this year, the airport put into use a new terminal for international services to ease the serious overloading of Terminal 1. It is the first airport terminal in Vietnam built with four-star international standards.-VNA