The decision was made by the Prime Minister in July and announced at a ceremony on December 7 by the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Transport. The two airports, which serve Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively, act as hubs for trade with other economies in the world, while also fulfilling the task of ensuring absolute security for the special jets of Vietnamese and foreign leaders. According to Lai Xuan Thanh, Chairman of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the Prime Minister’s decision is prompt and significant to not only the aviation sector but also overall socio-economic development. In recent years, the aviation sector has recorded strong growth but the security situation has seen complications, said Thanh, adding that the sector is highly is sensitive to what is happening in the world as Vietnam is expanding its international relations. With this decision, the national security force will participate in maintaining the operation of the airports and ensuring the security and safety of civil aviation directly and in a deeper fashion. Last year, Noi Bai Airport handled nearly 24 million passengers while Tan Son Nhat served 36 million passengers.