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[FSX] VVNB (Hanoi) - A Guide to Noi Bai International Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB) is the largest and busiest airport in Vietnam, serving the capital city of Hanoi and its surrounding regions. It is located about 28 km north of the city center, and has two passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, and two parallel runways. In this article, we will explore the features and facilities of this airport, as well as some of the best scenery addons available for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX).

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History and Overview of VVNB

The airport was built in 1956 by the French Air Force, and was originally named Gia Lam Air Base. It was used by both the French and the Vietnamese during the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War. After the reunification of Vietnam in 1975, the airport was renamed Noi Bai, after the nearby village. It became an international airport in 1995, and underwent several expansions and renovations in the following years. The most recent one was the construction of Terminal 2, which opened in 2015 and increased the airport's capacity to 25 million passengers per year. The airport is also a hub for several Vietnamese airlines, such as Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Pacific Airlines.

Terminals and Facilities of VVNB

The airport has two passenger terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which are connected by a shuttle bus service. Terminal 1 is the older and smaller terminal, and handles domestic flights only. It has four floors, with check-in counters, security checkpoints, baggage claim areas, and waiting lounges on each floor. It also has a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and services for passengers. Terminal 2 is the newer and larger terminal, and handles all international flights to and from Hanoi. It has five floors, with a similar layout as Terminal 1, but with more modern facilities and amenities. It also has a skybridge that connects to a multi-story car park. Both terminals have free Wi-Fi access for passengers.

The airport also has a cargo terminal, which is located near the southern end of the runway 11L/29R. It has a capacity of 250,000 tons of cargo per year, and handles both domestic and international freight services. The airport also has two parallel runways, 11L/29R and 11R/29L, which are both 3,800 meters long and 45 meters wide. They are equipped with instrument landing systems (ILS), precision approach path indicators (PAPI), and runway edge lights. The airport also has a control tower, a fire station, a fuel depot, and other support facilities.

Scenery Addons for VVNB

For FSX users who want to enhance their flying experience at VVNB, there are several scenery addons available that can improve the realism and accuracy of the airport environment. Here are some of the best ones:

  • VVNB NOI BAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWLY REBUILDT FSX P3D1-5 by VIET SIM SCENERY: This addon is a highly detailed and accurate rendition of VVNB for FSX and Prepar3D. It features the new Terminal T2 design, new custom 3D ground surface and lines, new 3D buildings, photoreal polygon texture, high accuracy of coordination for VATSIM flying, high accuracy of Nav Aid system (ILS, VOR, RNAV), full lighting system (ramp lighting, taxi light, runway lighting), and highly graphics resolution texture. This addon costs 6.50 at [simMarket].

  • FSX Scenery--VVNB - Noi Bai International Airport by Menno C. Robert: This addon is a freeware update for VVNB for FSX. It features the new terminal, new taxiways, ILS on 29L and gate assignments. It uses ADEx 1.67, aeronautical maps and Google Earth as sources. This addon can be downloaded for free at [FlightSim.Com].

  • VVNB- NOI BAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MSFS by DOMINICDESIGNTEAM: This addon is a realistic and detailed representation of VVNB for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020. It features custom 3D models, PBR textures, dynamic lighting, custom ground textures, custom taxiways and runways, custom airport vehicles, and accurate airport layout. This addon costs 9.00 at [simMarket].


VVNB is a major airport in Vietnam, and a gateway to the cultural and historical city of Hanoi. It has two passenger terminals, a cargo terminal, and two runways, and offers a variety of services and facilities for travelers. For FSX users who want to fly to or from VVNB, there are several scenery addons that can enhance the airport environment and realism. Whether you choose a payware or a freeware addon, you will surely enjoy your virtual flight at VVNB.


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