DALAT (LIEN KHUONG) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Lien Khuong Airport (IATA: DLI, ICAO: VVDL) (Vietnamese: Sân bay Liên Khương) is the largest among 4 airports of Lâm Đồng Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. The airport is located in Đức Trọng District, about 30 km south of Da Lat. The major reconstruction in order to handle bigger aircraft was completed in December 2009.
Lien Khuong Airport was built by the French colonists in 1933 with a 700-meter-long soil runway. From 1956 – 1960 American army reconstructed and upgraded Lien Khuong Airport with rather completed facilities is not the infrastructure is quite complete, the terminal was designed in French architecture, with three stories. The terminal had a capacity of 50,000 passengers per year or about 120 passengers/peak hour.
During 1964–1972, the runway, apron, packing, access roads went through improvement and reinforcement, the runway was refaced with asphalt from 8–10 cm in depth. As a result of this improvement, the runway reached 1,480 m long and 37 m wide, the apron was 23,100 square meters, the apron of 2,106 square meters, the access road was 2,100 meters long. Following the unification of Vietnam on 30 April 1975 until 1980, this airport was controlled and operated by the Vietnam People’s Army, the airport mainly served high ranking governmental leaders on business and lifting residents from northern Vietnam to Lâm Đồng in the so-called “New Economic Movement”.
From 1981-1985 Lien Khuong Airport served civil service flights with Ho Chi Minh City – Lien Khuong route (one flight weekly) on AK40 Aircraft but all civil flights were suspended due to low passenger traffic.
Since 1992 Lien Khuong Airport resumed its civil services with Ho Chi Minh – Lien Khuong, and Huế – Lien Khuong on AK 40 and was later replaced by ATR 72. The Huế – Lieng Khuong was later suspended.
Since October 2004, this airport has served more air link with Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport with Fokker 70 aircraft. As of December 2009, there are two daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City, one flight daily to Hanoi.