The Department of Civil Aviation of Lao PDR is the civil aviation authority of Laos. The agency, a division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), has its headquarters on the property of the Wattay International Airport in Sikhodtabong District, Vientiane.
The Department of Civil Aviation is responsible for policy and planning in civil aviation and for regulatory oversight of technical and safety matters pertaining to aviation and the Lao Airports Authority (LAA). The department has eight divisions in addition to the Lao Airports Authority, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Wattay international and domestic airport terminals (Vientiane), two regional airports (Luangprabang and Pakse), and two provincial airports (Louang Namtha and Savannakhet). All other provincial small airports are the responsibility of the provincial governments with the department’s technical consultation.
Laos has 14 airport fields and 39 smaller airstrips, however not all are operational at the moment. The main airport is Wattay International Airport located in Vientiane Capital. The other minor ones but also important are in Luanprabang, Pakse, Savannakhet, Oudomxay and Luang Namtha. There are limited operations in Attapue, Saravan, Samnue, and Sayaboury.
Vientiane is the main international gateway, while Louangphrabang and Pakxe accept regional traffic and provide customs, immigration, and quarantine services. Another significant provincial airport is Savannakhet. The two regional airports at Luangprabang and Pakxe and the Wattay Airport at Vientiane cover international traffic and associated services.
Several international airlines such as Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines provide international services. Direct connections are also available to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Ha Noi from Louangphrabang, and to Bangkok and Siem Reap from Pakxe. Scheduled domestic services are operated on main routes by Lao Airlines with regular daily services, and additional flights are made in the rainy season to selected locations.
The state-owned airline, Lao Air, flies 10-seat Cessna aircrafts on a regular basis to three remote provinces—Houaphan, Phongsali, and Xayabury. Domestic and international services are provided primarily for tourist traffic.
Key airport information may also be found at: http://worldaerodata.com/countries/Laos.php
3,000 x 45
Luang Prabang International
2,200 x 45
1,633 x 38
2,400 x 45
1,600 x 30
1,600 x 30
Ban Hat Tai
Ban Huoeisay/ ban Houay Xay
1,500 x 23
1,000 x 18
1,000 x 18
2,600 x 40
1,850 x 30
Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft
Registration of Aircrafts in Lao PDR is governed by the The Law on Civil Aviation Lao PDR - Presidential Decree No. 43/PO. The process is handled by Ministry of Public Works and Transport (Department of Civil Aviation) and involves the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Any aircraft that intends to fly within the airspace of the Lao PDR shall be registered and shall have nationality and registration marks in accordance with the laws of the Lao PDR or of the concerned State.
Aircraft registration in the Lao PDR must be carried out in accordance with the following conditions:
- The individual registering the aircraft shall be its owner or another individual who has the right to operate such aircraft. This could be, but is not limited to, the following:
- The government of the Lao PDR;
- A Lao citizen;
- An alien, foreign individual or apatrid who has a principal place of business or permanent residence in the Lao PDR;
- An enterprise, company or association established in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Lao PDR.
- Aircraft registered in the Lao PDR shall not be eligible to be registered in another State; likewise, aircraft registered in another State shall not be eligible for registration in the Lao PDR, unless the former registration is cancelled.
When a person or organisation has duly registered its own civil aircraft in the Lao PDR, the rights in such aircraft shall be recognised in accordance with the relevant international conventions to which the Lao PDR is a party.
Air traffic services (i.e. the provision of facilitation and control of air traffic, including for overflights over the territory of the Lao PDR) shall be conducted under common regulations throughout the entire country, consistent with regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation for ensuring the safe, speedy, and orderly flow of air traffic.
Flight Clearance and Aircraft Entry Requirements
All private and nonscheduled commercial aircraft overflying or landing for commercial or noncommercial purposes must request clearance at least 15 days prior to departure.
All requests must include: Type of aircraft and registration marks; Radio call and frequency; Name and nationality of pilot and crew members; Complete route of flight; Dates, times of entry and exit from airspace of Laos; Dates and times of arrival and departure, if landing; Flight altitudes; Reason for flight; Number and nationality of passengers and type and amount of cargo; Name and address of aircraft operator and owner; and type and amount of fuel required.
Request to be submitted to: Department of Civil Aviation, 2 Pangkham Street, P.O. Box 119
Vientiane, Laos. Fax: (856) 21-512216, AFTN: VLAOYAYX
Source: Aeronautical information (AIP, Laos)
Vientiane - Bangkok
Luang Prabang - Bangkok
Vientiane - Kuala Lumpur
Vientiane – Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh/Vinh
China Eastern Airlines
Vientiane – Kunming/Nanning
Cambodia Angkor Air
Vientiane – Hanoi, Phnom Penh
Vientiane – Seoul-Incheon
Vientiane – Seoul-Incheon
Vientiane – Singapore (resumes 31 Oct 2016)
Sky Wings Asia Airlines
Bangkok-Don Mueang (begins July 2016)
Vientiane – Bangkok, Hanoi/Siem Reap, Kunming, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Guangzhou, Phnom Penh (suspended), Seoul-Incheon, Siem Reap, Singapore
Luang Prabang – Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Bangkok, Siem Reap, Udon Thani
Pakse – Siem Reap, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City
Savannakhet – Bangkok
Vientiane, LuangPrabang, Pakse, Oudomxai, Xieng Khouang, Houeysay, LuangNamtha, Savannakhet
Luang Prabang – Pakse
Pakse – Savannakhet
Sam Neua, Sayaboury
The Lao State Fuel Company (LSFC) has jet fuel depots located in 4 airports namely: Wattay International Airport, Savannakhet Airport, Pakse International Airport, and Luang Prabang International Airport. LSFC handles refueling of aircrafts through use of fuel trucks refueling at the apron. Other suppliers of aviation fuel include PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PV Oil) and its subsidiary Societe Shell du Laos.
Details of other conditions and requirements can be found in the following document: Law on Civil Aviation Lao PDR
For information on Laos Airport contact details, please see the following link:
For Laos Airport additional details, please see the following document:
Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.