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Aviation authority asks army to curb dog invasion in Tan Son Nhat Airport

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 14:47 GMT+7
Aviation authority asks army to curb dog invasion in Tan Son Nhat Airport
A screenshot from Google Maps shows the location of Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Addressing multiple dog intrusions that hampered operations of runways inside Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City recently, the Southern Airports Authority (SAA) has urged military units stationed near the local airdrome to strictly monitor their canines.

The SAA has sent official letters to several military divisions as well as the management board of Tan Son Nhat Airport guards to request the cessation of animal keeping in Tan Son Nhat Airport and surroundings.

Earlier on March 30, the authority in cooperation with the army forces found six uncaged dogs while examining animal keeping activities in the Tan Son Nhat Airport environs.

The cohort required the military units, who own the dogs, to bring them out and promise not to keep animals in the area again.

However, during an inspection on April 7, the airport authority still found dogs being kept in the same area.

Following this, SAA officials have urged the commanding officers of Tan Son Nhat Airport military guards to enforce a stop on animal keeping in the military site near the airdrome runways.

Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is utilized for both civilian services and military purposes, with the civil area located in the east and the south while the military area is located in the west and the north of the airport. 

Dog invasion has recently emerged as a problem for the airport as the animals have repeatedly shown up on the runways, obstructing operations of the airport and requiring staffers to capture them.

Cam Ranh Airport in the southern Khanh Hoa Province has also reported cases of dog invasion recently, with one entry of a dog on the E3 runway causing as many as four flights to be halted.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has required relevant agencies to address this problem in an official letter.

More specifically, the management authority of Cam Ranh Airport must cooperate with military units stationed in the area to examine possible failures in the airport fence line, as well as enforcing a no-animal policy in the airport environs.  

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