The Hanoi Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC Hanoi) officially commenced operation on January 13.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said that Vietnam has enjoyed strong safety records in flight management and administration over the past 20 years.

The new, modern, and globally relevant ATCC Hanoi will help improve the country’s aviation infrastructure and ultimately increase the quality of flight management services, he added.

The minister has asked the Northern Air Traffic Management Company to ensure the safe and effective operation of the centre as a contribution to strengthening flight safety and reducing the number of delayed or cancelled flights.

Construction on the 750 billion VND (35.25 million USD) centre began in February 2012 over more than 20,500 square meters in the Long Bien district.

On January 11, flight control and administration was successfully shifted from the previous Hanoi Area Control Centre to the new Air Traffic Control Centre.-VNA