The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said it has approved the reopening of Runway 25R/07L at Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat International Airport on 5am July 19, 19 hours ahead of schedule.

The runway was closed for emergency repair on two spots which measure about 10 square meters on the runway surface damaged by lightning.

The shutdown was initially set to last from 0:01 am of July 16 until 23:59 pm of July 19.

The runway serves 35 flights per hour.-VNA