Sân bay Gia Lâm

Orientation & Geography

Asia, Vietnam, Hanoi

Gia Lam Airport (ICAO: VVGL) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Gia Lâm) is one of two major airports in Hanoi, Vietnam, located in Gia Lâm District, on the eastern bank of the Red River. It is primarily a military field, used by the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF), with MiG-21 fighters and Kamov Ka-28 helicopters stored in revetments. The airfield was inaugurated in 1936, before the Japanese occupation of French Indochina. The airport is currently used for military training activities, as well as for chartered helicopter taxi flights for tourists visiting nearby attractions such as Halong Bay. According to official sources, however, the airport is slated to become a fully functional civilian airport by 2015, serving regional flights to and from locations throughout Northern Vietnam.