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Terminal 2 (T2) at Noi Bai International Airport was officially put into operation, connected to the city centre by Nhat Tan bridge, the country's largest cable-stayed bridge, and a new highway which has been named after Vo Nguyen Giap, the legendary general who died in 2013.
Le Manh Hung, director general of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), said that the completion of the new international passenger terminal would increase handling capacity and relieve overloading on the old terminal.
Hung said that travel through the airport had increased rapidly, where 36 international airlines operated with an average of more than 340 flights per day.
He said that "The airport served more than 11.3 million passengers and over 282,600 tons of cargo in 2012. In 2014, the figures increased to 14.3 million passengers and 355,000 tons of cargo."
As a result, the old terminal, which would cater only for domestic flights now, was overloaded, especially during peak times, which seriously affected the quality of services.
To meet the increasing demand of passengers, ACV started the construction of T2 in 2011 with a total investment of nearly US$1 billion from Japanese official development assistance (ODA).The terminal was constructed by Taisei-Vinaconex with help from the Japan Airport Consultant. Its handling capacity is 10 million passengers per year and is expected to expand to 15 million.
Hung said the first flight from the new terminal departed for Singapore on December 25, 2014 on a trial run, and all international flights had been operating at T2 from the start of the year.
So far, 74,400 passengers have arrived and departed from the new terminal on 595 flights.
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