HCM CITY - Petrolimex and Festival taxis have been banned from operating at Tan Son Nhat Airport for overcharging passengers and other violations, Ministry of Transport deputy chief inspector Thach Nhu Sy said yesterday. The ministry's inspection also revealed taxi operators had no contract with drivers and vehicle colours had not matched their registrations. The operators were fined VND7.5 million (US$360) each for the colour violations. Sy said there had been many reports during the year of other violations by the two operators. Meanwhile, about 75 Sai Gon Tourist Taxi logos had been confiscated after it was found they were being illegally transferred to other taxis. Previously, the ministry banned the operation of Minh Duc Taxi and Travel Transport Agent 2. The two-week inspection was focusing on 11 operators to ensure taxi quality at the airport. - VNS … [Read more...] about Taxi operators banned from Tan Son Nhat Airport
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(VOVworld) - The Command for Aviation Emergency of Ho Chi Minh city and Vietnam Airlines on Saturday organized an anti-terror air simulation exercise at Tan San Nhat international airport. The exercise, the largest of kind so far in accordance with international aviation practice, involved more than 1,000 people and special equipment. The assumed scenario was that a group of terrorists opened and fire and arrested passengers for hostages to rescue their accomplices at the airport. Senior lieutenant colonel Nguyen Sy Quang of the Command for Aviation Emergency said: "44 international airlines which are operating at Tan Son Nhat airport took part in the exercise. We have proved to them our ability to safeguard security and order in Ho Chi Minh city". Everyday, Tan San Nhat international airport receivesmore than 400 take-offs and landings with tens of thousands of passengers onboard. … [Read more...] about Anti-terror simulation exercise at Tan Son Nhat airport
VietNamNet Bridge - Up to 229kg of heroin passed through many stages of strict control of the Tan Son Nhat international airport in HCM City to go to Taiwan. This has shocked those within international business aviation. It is guessed that the scanner worth $1.2 million did not work properly at the time the heroin was checked. Taiwanese authorities detect 229kg of heroin on a flight from Vietnam On November 17, the Taiwanese authorities detected and confiscated 229kg of heroin worth $300 million which was hidden in 12 speakers transported from HCM City, on a flight of China Airlines (Taiwan). It is abnormal that such a huge amount of heroin could pass several stages of strict control at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed relevant bodies to investigate the case. At present, the investigating agencies have identified the way of this amount of heroin. Accordingly, the heroin originated from China and it was shipped into Vietnam by road. A group … [Read more...] about How 229kg of heroin could pass through Tan Son Nhat Airport?
The Emergency Air Command Post in Ho Chi Minh City will coordinate with Vietnam Airlines Corporation and Tan Son Nhat International Airport to run a mock drill on a possible terrorist attack, hostage saving, explosive disarming and rescue operations at the International Terminal of Tan Son Nhat Airport on Saturday. More than 1,000 people from many departments and units and 44 local and international carriers which are providing services at Tan Son Nhat International Airport will participate in the rehearsal in which modern vehicles and equipment, including disarming devices, signal jammers, fire trucks, explosives and chemical weapons detectors and two robots will be used. At the press conference to present the rehearsal on Thursday, organizers announced the pretentious situation in which a group of 15 terrorists pretending to be passengers arrive at the airport carrying luggage packed with explosives and weapons. At the airport security gate, security forces find a military handgun on … [Read more...] about City to hold drill for terrorist attack at Tan Son Nhat Airport
In mid-November, the Tan Son Nhat airport in southern Vietnam was full of Japanese tourists, who had arrived for the Vietnam-Japan culture festival. All were happy as they did not have to queue for long at customs desks. Even if six or seven flights land at the airport at the same time, their passengers do not have to wait for long for customs procedures. Declaration papers are provided on aboard. Mr Nguyen Tran, an American-Vietnamese said he was delighted that passengers who do not have luggages exceeding the allowance are exempted from declaring anything, following the ruling in the Customs General Department's document 4737. According to Mr Nguyen Trung Ha, head of Import luggages Procedures team, thousands of passengers no longer have to fill in customs declaration papers and this has helped reduce long queues at busy times. The Airport Customs office has also co-operated with other forces including teams of customs control, bordergate security agencies and economic police to … [Read more...] about Tan Son Nhat airport: less customs procedures for passengers