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 Laos Airports

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

 National Airports/Airfields

#

Location

Airport Name

ICAO

IATA

Customs

Runway

IFR

Runway (M)

1

Vientiane

Wattay International

VLVT

VTE

Yes

Paved

Yes

3,000 x 45

2

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang International

VLLB

LPQ

Yes

Paved

No

2,200 x 45

3

Savannakhet

Savannakhet

VLSK

ZVK

No

Paved

No

1,633 x 38

4

Pakse

Pakse International

VLPS

PKZ

Yes

Paved

Yes

2,400 x 45

5

Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha

VLLN

LXG

Yes

Paved

No

1,600 x 30

6

Oudomxai

Oudomxai

VLOS

ODY

No

Paved

No

1,600 x 30

7

Ban Hat Tai

Ban Huoeisay/ ban Houay Xay

VLHS

OUI

No

Paved

No

1,500 x 23

8

Xam Neua

Sam Neua

VLSN

NEU

No

Paved

No

1,000 x 18

9

Xiangnabouli

Xiangnabouli

VLSB

ZBY

No

Unpaved

No

1,000 x 18

10

Xieng Khouang

Xieng Khouang

VLXK

XKH

No

Paved

No

2,600 x 40

11

Attapeu

Attopeu

VLAP

AOU

No

Unpaved

No

1,850 x 30

12

Saravane

Saravane

VLSV

VNA

No

Paved

No

1,060

13

Khong Island

Khong Island

VLKG

KOG

No

Unpaved

No

N/A

14

Thakhek

Thakhek

VLTK

THK

No

Unpaved

No

1,400

Other Airports/Airfields

Location

Airport Name

IATA

Houeisay

Houeisay

HOE

Muong Sai

Muong Sai

UON

Paksane

Paksane

PKS

Phongsaly

Bounneua

PCQ

Seno

Seno

SND

Vangrieng

Vangrieng

VGG

Viengxay

Viengxay

VNG

Xienglom

Xienglom

XIE

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:

  1. 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:
    1. The government of the Lao PDR;
    2. A Lao citizen;
    3. An alien, foreign individual or apatrid who has a principal place of business or permanent residence in the Lao PDR;
    4. An enterprise, company or association established in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Lao PDR.
  2. 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)

Service Providers

International Flights

#

 Airline

IATA Code

Routes

1

Thai Airways

TG

Vientiane -Bangkok

2

Bangkok Airways

PG

Vientiane - Bangkok

Luang Prabang - Bangkok

3

Air Asia

I5

Vientiane - Kuala Lumpur

4

Vietnam Airlines

VN

Vientiane – Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City/Phnom Penh/Vinh

5

China Eastern Airlines

MU

Vientiane – Kunming/Nanning

6

Cambodia Angkor Air

K6

Vientiane – Hanoi, Phnom Penh

7

Jin Air

LJ

Vientiane – Seoul-Incheon

8

Korean Air

KE

Vientiane – Seoul-Incheon

9

Silk Air

MI

Vientiane – Singapore (resumes 31 Oct 2016)

10

Sky Wings Asia Airlines

ZA

Siem Reap

11

T’way Airlines

TW

Charter: Seoul-Incheon

12

Thai AirAsia

FD

Bangkok-Don Mueang (begins July 2016)

13

Lao Airlines

QV

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

Charter: Busan

Domestic Flights

#

 Airline

IATA code

Routes

1

Laos Airlines

QV

Vientiane, LuangPrabang, Pakse, Oudomxai, Xieng Khouang, Houeysay, LuangNamtha, Savannakhet

Luang Prabang – Pakse

Pakse – Savannakhet

2

Lao Skyway

LK

Sam Neua, Sayaboury


Fuel Services

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: 

4.4 Laos Airport Company Contact List

For Laos Airport additional details, please see the following document: 

Laos Airport Additional Details

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.