The congestion began in the morning and lingered until the afternoon, creating myriad difficulties for people entering and exiting the airport as well as for local residents.
According to Dong Cong Thanh, a traffic police officer from the unit stationed at the airport, the bottleneck began at around 10:00 am due to the large numbers of vehicles traveling to the facility.
“The boiling weather also caused many commuters to quickly become exhausted,” Thanh continued.
The sudden increase in travelers to the airport at the beginning of the week was the primary reason for the problem, traffic police said, confirming that there was no traffic accident prior to the congestion.
“It took me about 30 minutes to travel a short distance on Truong Son Street to the airport,” Phan Van Thanh, a cabbie said, adding that some passengers decided to abandon their taxis and walk to the airport.
Managers of Tan Son Nhat assigned several employees to assist traffic police officers in controlling the traffic flow.
The congestion was eventually alleviated by 2:00 pm.
People ride their motorbikes on the sidewalk due to the congestion. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A passenger walks to the airport. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A police officer works relentlessly to control the traffic despite the heat. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A security guard from Tan Son Nhat Airport helps control traffic. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Severe gridlock at the Lang Cha Ca flyover in Tan Binh District, in front of the airport. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Motorcycles and automobiles cram onto the Lang Cha Ca flyover. Photo: Tuoi Tre