(KPL) Lao Airlines will open a new air route connecting the Lao capital of Vientiane with Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam via Pakse Airport in the southernmost province of Champassak on October 19.
The new service with the use of the 72 seat French-made ATR72 aircraft will operate three flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Vientiane, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Ho Chi Minh City.
A return fare for the Vientiane-Ho Chi Minh City route will be 501 USD, inclusive of taxes and fees.
New Airline Route Between Utapao and Luang Prabang, Laos
On Friday afternoon, at the Pattaya City hall, Pattaya City Mayor Ittipon Khunpleum held a press conference to publicize a new airline route between Utapao Pattaya –and Luang Prabang in Laos, which is great news for travelers.
The press conference invited many dignitaries, such as Rear Admiral Surapong Aysanon-Representative of Utapao Airport, and Mr. Saengprasit Matujan- Vice President of Laos Airline. The new route will be launched on October 29th, by a flight from Vien Tien to Utapao Airport.
(KPL) The Lao Airlines has decided to buy two more planes (ATR 72) with 50 and 70 seats from France to provide the best service for passengers during the celebration of the 450th anniversary of Vientiane proclamation as the capital.
The first ATR 72 will arrive in Vientiane Capital at the end of this month, said Deputy Director of the Lao Airlines, Mr. Sengpaseuth Mathouchack last week.
He added that the decision to purchase the ATR 72 was aimed to improve its service to ensure to provide safety and facilities to domestic and overseas passengers who fly with the Lao Airlines during the celebration of 450th anniversary of Vientiane proclamation as the capital, scheduled for 15 to 21 November.
Mr. Sengpaseuth said that the Lao Airlines was a member in the organising sub-committee for the celebration, so the two planes have been ordered to serve passengers.
In preparation for the grand event, the government has also arranged a large number of vehicles, said the deputy-director.
However, he believed that the number of visitor arrivals might be less than that of the 25th SEA Games held in Vientiane late last year.
The eight aircraft, including four French-made ATR 72 and four Chinese-made MA 60, and more than 400 vehicles are available for the upcoming celebration of the 450th anniversary of Vientiane proclamation as the capital, Mr. Sengpaseuth.
Another significant link has been added to help cement Thai-Lao relations with the first of a bi-weekly air Pattaya-Luang Phrabang service, operating on Fridays and Sundays, direct. The link will also allow land-locked Laos one more badly needed sea outlet and encourage the two-way interchange of tourists.
Pattaya, 29 October 2010: The first Pattaya-Luang Phrabang- flight of Lao Airlines was given an excellent welcome, as well as send-off by a high-powered reception committee at U Taphao-Pattaya International Airport on the first leg of its two-way journey.
The captain, crew and passengers were met by the airport’s Deputy Director, Captain Somphop Suwitthayalungkan, and significant community members, including the 32 representatives of the Eastern Seaboard’s hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors, eagerly awaiting the first Lao Airlines QV410 Pattaya-Luang Phrabang flight to take them on their two-day tour of Laos.
The Lao Airlines captain, Kaew Nammawon, and crew were duly welcomed by the U Taphao reception committee, which had come both to greet the Laotian crew on its inward flight and also to give the first Pattaya-Luang Phrabang- flight a good send-off.
Among the passengers on the first flight were the 32 representatives of the Eastern Seaboard’s hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors, identified by Mr. Seri Phiasai, MD of Swift Aviation Services, on a friendly fact finding mission to Laos. They expected to reach Luang Phrabang at 12.00 pm, first stop on a whistle-stop two-day tour.
“This lucky group will get the opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Lan Chang, the Land of Resourceful Hills and Streams, as well as see beautiful Luang Phrabang,” Mr. Seri told PDN.
Reference was also made to the sterling role U Taphao-Pattaya International Airport played during the 2008 paralysis of Suvarnabhumi Airport, when it made its mark at a critical time, handling flights Bangkok couldn’t. This helped forge U Taphao-Pattaya’s reputation as an international airport which could be trusted to fulfil its purpose.
New ATR delivery for Lao Airlines arrives
(KPL) A French-made 70-seat aircraft ATR 72-500 bought by the Lao Airlines arrived in Vientiane last Friday, 24 December.
A welcome ceremony of the new plane of the Lao Airlines was held at Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport and attended by Deputy Director of the national carrier Somsamay Visounnarath, representatives of the ATR of France, and relevant officials of Laos and France.
The acquisition of airplanes by the Lao Airlines is among the national flagship strategies to enhance its service and facilitate the growth in tourism in the Lao PDR.
Laos needs to upgrade capital's airport for Asia-Europe summit
Vientiane, Laos - Laos plans to hire a Chinese company to study upgrades to the capital's airport to handle an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit next year, news reports said Wednesday.
Laos has already received a 12-million-dollar grant from Japan to upgrade Wattay International Airport to accommodate 20 planes by late 2012 when Vientiane will host ASEM, a summit of leaders from the European Union, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea held every two years.
The planned expansion is insufficient, the Vientiane Times said.
'Even under the (Japanese) scheme, Wattay's capacity will still be limited compared to other airports in the region and will not provide enough space to accommodate all flights carrying ASEM delegations next year,' said Somphonh Sygnavong, director of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's aerodrome and security division.
The ASEM meeting requires the airport to have a capacity to handle 35 planes, including 15 Boeing 747s, for landing and parking.
Wattay can currently handle about 15 planes daily.
'The government informed us three weeks ago we would need to enlarge the parking area further,' said Somphonh, who is also one of the officials responsible for transportation issues at the ASEM.
'The government agreed in principle to grant permission to a China-based company to conduct a feasibility study on the additional expansion,' he said. The ASEM is a forum for dialogue between Europeans and Asians since 1996.
Vietnamese-funded airport project under construction in Laos
(VOV) - The Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group (HAGL) has begun construction of an international airport worth US$40 million in Attapeu province.
This is one of two airport projects licensed to HAGL by the Laos Government.
The project covers an area of 200 hectares and is divided into two stages.
During 2013-2020, the airport will receive small aircraft such as the ATR 72 and Fokker 70. After 2020, it will meet the requirements to handle larger aircraft like the Airbus A320.
Work is set to begin on another airport project in Huaphanh province in 2013.
The Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Laos Airlines have agreed to open up a new air route linking the Lao provinces Pakse and Savannaket with Vietnam ’s central coastal city of Da Nang.
The route will be operated by Laos Airlines from mid-April (during Laos ’s traditional Tet holiday), with three flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, using a ATR-72 aircraft.
The passengers being targeted are mostly the Vietnamese community in Savannakhet, tourists and visitors from Vientiane in Laos , Bangkok and the North-East of Thailand.
Laos and Thailand to have freight rail link by 2015
Vientiane - Laos' 3.5-kilometre railway link to Thailand will be able to handle freight by 2015, news reports said Monday.
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