A Jetstar Pacific flight from Phu Quoc had to land temporary in Can Tho Airport after it was unable to land in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport due to overloading on Friday, local media reported.
The flight BL266 departed from the tourism island at 1:10 p.m. on December 25, and was scheduled to reach Tan Son Nhat after about an hour.
When it landed around an hour later, an attendant mistakenly announced that they reached Tan Son Nhat International Airport, VTC reported.
However, many passengers looked out and said that they were not in Ho Chi Minh City, the attendant was embarrassed and made a correction soon later that the aircraft temporarily landed in Can Tho Airport due to overloading at Tan Son Nhat.
According to Jetstar Pacific, the aircraft failed to land in Tan Son Nhat after circling for around 30 minutes because of congestion in the landing pattern at the country's biggest airport.
The aircraft had to land in Can Tho for refueling to ensure safety.
It finally landed in Tan Son Nhat at 4:10 p.m. the same day.
Dang Tuan Tu, the airport director, said Tan Son Nhat is already serving above its designed capacity.
The airport is expected to receive more than 25 million passengers this year, but its designed capacity is only 20 million a year.
Tan Son Nhat is expected to serve around 670 flights every day during the coming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) in February, up 10 percent from last year's holiday season, Tu said.