Tan Son Nhat Airport under strain as overseas Vietnamese return home for Tet

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People wait for relatives and friends at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Photo credit: Huu Khoa/Tuoi Tre People wait for relatives and friends at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Photo credit: Huu Khoa/Tuoi Tre

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Predictions of serious overloading at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport are starting to come true as a large number of overseas Vietnamese begin to fly home for the Lunar New Year. 
The airport has welcomed an average of 10,000 Viet kieu arriving every day in recent weeks and the number is rising as the holiday is fast approaching. On Sunday Vietnam Airlines flew in more than 5,500 overseas Vietnamese.
The number of international tourists is also on the rise ahead of Tet, which is the most important holiday season in Vietnam, local media reported.
Over the weekend the airport's international terminal became overburdened, with passengers coming in droves and their friends and relatives flooding the waiting area. Security officers were busy clearing space for arriving passengers to get out. 
The airport has recently reached its maximum annual capacity of 25 million passengers, five years earlier than expected. 
The government is planning a bigger airport in Dong Nai Province. The first stage of the US$15.8-billion project is slated to complete in 2023.
 

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