Vietnam Airlines operates 12 flights a day between Da Nang and Hanoi, and 84 flights a week depending on the season.


I arrived at Da Nang International airport at 1840 for a 2045 departure to Hanoi. Check-in desks are immediately in front as you enter from the drop off zone. The economy desk had a longish queue, but this moved fairly quickly. Once at the desk I was able to also check in for my onward flight to Heathrow from Hanoi, and was on my way through to security by 1855. Security and passport control are to the left of check-in – there was a short queue and I was through within ten minutes. 


My boarding pass showed to go to gate 8, which was downstairs in the departures hall. After 20 minutes, the gate screen said to “go to gate 5”, which was back upstairs. Boarding started at 2005, and the queue quickly dwindled, so I joined at 2015. I was on board and in my seat (19C) by 2020. The flight was full, and all passengers had boarded by 2030. We pushed back early at 2040, taking off shortly after at 2050.