Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Doc Lap
The Southern Airports Authority were urging Ho Chi Minh City's authorities to open a police station at Tan Son Nhat Airport, where security needs to be tightened following many recent "complicated" cases, news website VnExpress reported on Friday.
A representative of the agency was quoted as saying that with a police station, many incidents can be solved quickly without affecting flight schedules.
Since August 2013, the country's largest airport has reported 12 cases of bomb hoax, 209 cases of smuggling, mostly involving weapons, according statistics by the city's aviation emergency management board.
Local agencies have also found 64 aviation staff members stealing from passengers and 28 passengers stealing from others during flights, it said.
Meanwhile, some people were caught flying kites and balloons near the runways, or flashing laser lights at landing airplanes, which all putting flight safety at risks, according to the board.
Last year the airport received more than 22 million passengers, even though its annual capacity was designed at just 20 million passengers.