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New terminal opens at Hanoi

Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi has started operating a new $900 million (€746 million) terminal that nerly nearly doubles its capacity, the latest move in expanding what is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets.

Passenger aircraft have taken off from Noi Bai Terminal Two, the gateway’s new wing that will handle 10 million passengers per year in the first phase until 2020, and up to 15 million in the second phase from 2020-2030, as demand rises for air travel at home and abroad.

The new terminal includes four floors and one basement with total floor area of 139,000sqm including the main building and two wings, and designed to use large glass wall to get full of natural light and save daytime energy, and is equipped with modern and synchronized aviation technology according to international standards.

T2 features 96 check-in counters, including 10 self-service kiosks, 17 boarding gates where 14 use passenger bridges, and 283 flight information display system (FIDS) screens in the public lobby, check-in counter, waiting room, boarding gates, baggage conveyer etc.

Noi Bai has been overstretched for years with only one terminal and capacity of 12 million passengers annually, and the new terminal formally opened on December 31 and will handle international flights with T2 domestic.

Foreign air traffic arrivals in Vietnam rose more than 10% last year to 7.6 million, while domestic demand is climbing with a rapidly growing middle class and competition between airlines in a country with underdeveloped rail and road infrastructure.

Vietnam is forecasted to be the world's seventh fastest growing market for international passengers during 2013-2017, as a regional open skies initiative takes off and Southeast Asia moves towards an integrated economic community, IATA has said, and Vietnam air traffic almost doubled between 2008 and 2013.

The nation has plans for an international airport in the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City as the existing Tan Son Nhat Airport will be at full capacity of 25 million passengers a year in 2016.

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