National flag carrier to conduct first flight out of new terminal on December 25.
Vietnam Airlines will be the first carrier to use the new T2 terminal at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, for flight VN661 to Singapore at 10.45am on December 25.
It will open a total of 48 check-in counters at Hall G and H and another 12 when needed at Hall E and F, or double the number of counters used at the existing T1 terminal.
From December 26 to 30 Vietnam Airlines will relocate check-in for international flights from Hanoi to Singapore, Kaohsiung, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur to the new terminal. From 4pm on December 31, all international flights conducted by Vietnam Airlines to and from Noi Bai will take place at T2.
“Vietnam Airlines has conducted surveys and research and so installed innovative information technology at T2 so that modern aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 can be used,” said Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines. “We will upgrade comprehensively, from services to flight procedures and lounge areas, and our aircraft will be ready to serve passengers at the new terminal under the standards of the SkyTeam alliance.”
The departure and arrival lounges at T2 are equipped with modern facilities. Ticket counters will be placed in the same area as the check-in counters, for customer convenience. A luxurious business-class lounge of 750 square meters will also be open to loyal customers and business class passengers.
The four-story T2 terminal, built by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and the Vietnam-Japan joint venture Vinaconex-Tasei, sits on 139,216 square meters. Once fully completed it will be able to serve up to 10 million passengers annually. Construction costs are estimated at $968 million, including $161 million from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loans.