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Lao Airlines is the major and national airline carrier of Laos and is headquartered in Vientiane. The airline's main hub is at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.

Lao Airlines operates domestic and international flights to many destinations, which include: Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Vientiane, Xieng Khuang, Phnom Penhm, Siem Reap, Guangzhou, Kunming, Jinghong, Chengdu, Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Busan.



Lao Airlines operates four A320-200s, three ATR72-500s, and three ATR72-600s on scheduled passenger flights to Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, and Xieng Khouang locally as well as Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming Changshui, Seoul Incheon, and Siem Reap internationally.


Lao Airlines has codeshare agreements with Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.




Passengers that travel with Lao Airlines are entitled to at least one carry-on item and checked baggage free of charge. 

Depending on your booking class and partner airlines, Lao Airlines have different allowance and policies. 

Lao Airlines - Economy Class: Maximum weight allowance is 20Kg  

Lao Airlines -Business Class: Maximum weight allowance is 30kg. 

  Passengers who want to earn miles when they travel with Lao Airlines can register for Champa Muang Lao frequent flyer program and enjoy benefits such as free tickets, privileged services and remarkable convenience every time they fly with Lao Airlines.


Lao Airlines passengers should check-in at least 2 hours prior to scheduled departure time and for domestic flights 1:30 hours before departure time. Laos is a convenient hub for travel in the Indochina region, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines, China Yunnan Airlines. These airlines offer a range of scheduled flights to Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Hochiminh City, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Kunming and Jinghong. Lao Airlines flight offers regular services to all provincial capitals. 


Lao Airlines has been promoting Attapeu. Laos’ national airline says it is committed to developing traffic on the Vientiane to Attapeu route following the increase of services to three times a week. Lao Airlines increased flights on the routes from two weekly to three weekly flights in August operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The airline opened the first flight on 9 April. In August 2016, Lao Airlines celebrated its entry into full membership of the International Air Transport Association at an official admission ceremony held at its head office last week. ATA will assist the airline with training programmes and safety and technical audits to enhance the airline’s systems. Membership will also allow IATA travel agents to trade with the airlines and pay for tickets directly through the IATA recognised bank settlement plan, which acts as a clearing house between travel agents and airlines.






27th June 2018
Bangkok Airways and Lao Airlines in Codeshare Partnership
To strengthen their respective route networks between Thailand and Lao, Bangkok Airways and Lao Airlines have entered into a new codeshare partnership.
31st May 2018
Lao Airlines in search for a strategic partner
Laos’ national carrier,  Lao Airlines,  is looking for a specialist airline to jointly nuture the airline into a more eficient, profitable airline. Instead of privitising the airline, the Laotian government are scouring the skies for a strategic partner as part of a larger drive to improve efficiencies across the socialist-run Southeast Asian country's portfolio of state-owned enterprises. There appears to be some interest in Lao Airlines from foreign investors but no concrete information has been announced.


13th March 2018
Lao Airlines halts route between Singapore and Laos

Laos’ national carrier,  Lao Airlines,  has reported that it will cease direct Laos-Singapore flights from Mar 25 due to "operational reasons". In a Facebook update on Monday (Mar 12), the airline said it will resume flight schedules “as soon as it is ready for operation upon further notice”. This is the second time that direct flights between the two countries have been delayed, and comes just five months after Lao Airlines relaunched direct Singapore-Lao flight services in late-October last year.

11th September 2017
Lao Airlines to begin direct flight to Japan
Lao Airlines has announced it will inaugurate direct flight to Japan’s Tokyo Narita International Airport soon to handle the growing need for air transport between the two countries.

The exact date for the inauguration and ticket prices are still unknown, but details will be announced at a later date, an official of the airlines told the Vientiane Times yesterday.

Aircraft will fly three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, according to the plan.

“The precise date to begin to operate the flight and air ticket price is still unknown. Details are expected to be announced soon and passengers can follow our official website or facebook site,” the official said.

The new air route will be the first regulated direct flight that the Lao national flag carrier operates to Japan. Previously, Lao Airlines operated shuttle flight to Japan, but stopped operating this service. 

The company said in its announcement on Monday that the new air route was expected to boost economic development, investment and trade in Laos as well as the inflow of visitors to the country.

The planned opening of the new air route is also in line with the will of the government.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe during their meeting in June in Japan that Laos hoped to increase the exchange of people and goods by establishing direct flights between Laos and Japan promptly.

Lao Airlines now flies to major cities in Cambodia, China, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Domestically, Lao Airlines operates flights to the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Savannakhet and Champassak.

Recently, the airline announced it would re-launch direct flights from Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport to Singapore’s Changi International Airport starting on October 29 after halting the flight earlier this year.

In addition, the company plans to operate direct flights to additional destinations in Myanmar, Indonesia and on the island of Taiwan.

Along with its expansion, the company has registered growing numbers of passengers using its service. 

In 2011, more than 531,000 passengers travelled with Lao Airlines and numbers climbed to more than 658,000 in 2012.

In 2015, more than 828,000 passengers flew with Lao Airlines including more than 504,000 foreign customers. Numbers rose to 924,924 people in 2016 including 543,422 foreigners.

An official of the company’s Marketing Department said the planned launch of the direct flight to Japan was to handle the growing air transport need, especially foreign visitors.

In 2016, Laos registered more than 4.23 million foreign visitors in total. Tourists from Japan accounted for almost 50,000, an increase from the 43,826 recorded in 2015, according to an information from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.


July 2017
Lao Airlines to re-launch direct flights to Singapore
Lao Airlines, the Lao national carrier, is in expansion mode, re-launching direct flights from Vientiane's Wattay International Airport to Singapore's Changi International Airport from this October, according to an announcement by the company.

Earlier in 2017, Lao Airlines halted direct flights from Lao capital Vientiane to Singapore, for a number of unspecified reasons. However, the route is being re-launched beginning at the end of October, local daily Vientiane Times noted on Thursday.

The new flights between Vientiane and Singapore will begin on October 29 with fares starting at 155 U.S. dollars and can be bookable through their website.

The re-launch of the route from Laos to Singapore is expected to boost the economic development in terms of the influx of foreign tourists, investment and trade over the years to come.

Last year, two-way trade between the countries reached 30 million U.S. dollars, more than doubling from 13 million U.S. dollars recorded in 2015. In the same year, over 6,000 Singaporean tourists visited Laos. Singaporean investors invested 187 million U.S. dollars in 79 projects in Laos, making Singapore the 11th largest foreign investment source.

At the end of 2016, Singapore's SilkAir resumed its Singapore-Vientiane-Luang Prabang flight, which flies three times a week providing a convenient travel route to help boost investment and tourism cooperation.

In the joint commitment, SilkAir has set to offer more flights to Laos under a code-share agreement with Lao Airlines.

Currently Lao Airlines has direct routes to various major cities of Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and South Korea.

June 2017
The Laotian government has announced plans to source a strategic partner for national carrier, Lao Airlines, as it seeks to improve operational efficiencies across its portfolio of state-owned enterprises.
April 2017
Lao Airlines announced that it was set to benefit from Cambodia and Laos signing a deal to encourage regional airlines to increase their services between both countries in a bid to encourage tourism.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will push airlines in both countries to operate more flights between Cambodia and Laos due to the increased demand from tourists. The passenger load between the two countries increased by 5% last year to 178,000 and hoped the figure will hit 200,000 in the next two years.
March 2017
Lao Airlines announced it was planning to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo in Japan
The flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one of sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo. Lao Airlines currently operates flights to Japan under a codeshare agreement with Thai Airways International and as a result, passengers wishing to travel to Japan need to fly from Vientiane to Bangkok and change planes there for a direct flight to Japan.
There is demand for a direct flight, but it will involve having to bring in a suitable plane to fly nonstop to Japan, which is beyond the range of any of its aircraft. The airline is the major carrier in Laos. It flies to Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Vientiane and Xieng Khuang in the country. 
On international routes it serves Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Guangzhou, Kunming, Jinghong, Chengdu, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Busan.
February 2017
ATR has inducted the first class of six pilot candidates into a new ab initio ATR 72-600 pilot training-program for Laos-based Lao Airlines. A third-party training pipeline is one of several initiatives ATR is pursuing to address the need for more entry-level airline pilots and localized training for existing pilot.
July 2016
SilkAir has signed a codeshare agreement with Lao Airlines for its flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang
The agreement will provide SilkAir and Lao Airlines customers more options when travelling to and from Singapore and Laos. From 31 October, SilkAir will offer three weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. With the new codeshare agreement in place, customers have a choice of six weekly flights to Laos shared between both airlines. 
Under the agreement, which takes effect 1 September (subject to regulatory approval), SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ designator code to selected Lao Airlines-operated flights between Singapore, Vientiane and Luang Prabang. On a reciprocal basis, Lao Airlines will add its ‘QV’ designator code to selected SilkAir-operated flights between Singapore, Vientiane and Luang Prabang when flights commence, 31 October.
Today the Lao Airlines network extends to seven international destinations and 11 locations within the Lao PDR. New routes are planned for the future, including within the CLMV economic zone of Cambodia, Lao PDR. Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as to Hong Kong and Singapore.



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Popular Routes


Vientiane    Busan


Luang Namtha    Hanoi


Seoul    Vientiane


Vientiane    Siem Reap


Pakse    Vientiane


Phnom Penh   Vientiane


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Wattay International Airport

HUB Airport


Wattay International Airport is located in the captial of Laos, Vientiane. Wattay International Airport is the hub airport of Lao Airlines. Other airlines which fly to and from Wattay International Airport include AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, China Eastern Airlines, Jin Air, Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Thai Airways.  






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Lao Airlines is a regional carrier based in Vientiene, Laos and operating both domestic and regional flights to sixteen airports in six countries. Need flights in South East Asia - why not try Lao Airlines? Lao Airlines LogoOwned by the Government of Laos, Lao airlines links airports in Laos, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam from hubs in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. This is fast growing area for informed tourism with many travellers choosing to visit Laos alongside, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. As well as being a great airline to visit the very popular sights at Luang Prabang, Laos Airines is a great way to get to the historic capital of Vientiane. In the past Lao Airways operated aircraft of a dubious character, but today they operate an up to date fleet of 4 xATR72-200 and $ chinese built MA60 turboprop aircraft. These modern and comfortable craft seat between 56 and 70 passengers in a single class configuration. Lao Airlines Indochina Flights. Lao Airlines ATR 72-500 Lao Airlines ATR 72-500Lao Airlines may be small in terms of its size of fleet and Laos, as a country, may be sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, both of which can sport very big airlines international which are household names, but as a regional carrier its dfinetly worth considering. You may not have heard of Lao Airlines so it could surprised you to learn that Lao Airlines actually operates on no less that 13 International and 12 Domestic routes. This is a true alternative airline and is deserving of a place on our website as it opens great opportunities for travellers to purchase tickets in the UK to travel within a country which hitherto could have been difficult of not impossible. Lao Airlines will fly you across their network in comfort and you will be welcomed aboard with typical Far Eastern warmth and treated to traditional Laos Airlines hospitality. Within Laos, Lao Airlines has a main base at the capital's airport,Vientiane - Wattay International Airport Base. A secondary hun is at Luang Prabang International Airport and services operate to the regional cities of Houei Sai,Luang Namtha,Oudomxay,Pakse, and Xieng Khuang. Lao Airlines, international Flights Lao Airlines serve the international cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (both of which have direct services from London Gatwick starting December 2011 operated by Vietnam Airlines);Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand; Singapore (probably the world's best airport for interline connections, Xishuangbanna Gasa and Kunming in China plus Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia. Flights to Luang Prabang on Lao Airlines Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world heritage site and sits beside the mighty Mekong River.UNESCO describes Luang Prabang as "an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions." We just say its a really cool place to go where the French cuisine is better then the French cuisine in France! Lao Airlines operates flights from Bangkok, Chian Mai, Hanoi and Siem Reap, we recommend this small, friendly airline - which is soon to get jet aircraft - as THE way to travel to Luang Prabang. Why Choose Lao Airlines? Well, it is always good to fly the national airline of the region you are visiting, that way your experience starts with the journey. is. With more than 25 years of experience, Alternative Airlines has become a specialist in arranging flights to the more unusual destinations around the world, plus we have strong relationships with airlines, such as Lao Airlines, which may not be the first airline you think about when booking your flight to, from or within South East Asia. If you are considering a trip to Laos or the Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar region, we can help plan your journey. Your reservations will be confirmed immediately and we have experienced staff to help should you require assistance. To book a flight on Lao Airlines merely use our new improved search tool to provide you with the best choice of flights for you journey. Please don't hesitate to call us if you need any information or clarification of any details plus sign up for our regular news letter to keep you intouch with all the latest developments in air travel Small, but expanding national carrier, Lao Airlines has launched a new three times weekly direct service from its base in Vietiane to Singapore on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays. Flights to Singapore depart Vientiane at 15:05 and arrive in Singapore at 18.30; flights to Vientiane depart Singapore at 19.40 and arrive in Vientiane at 21.05. Lao Airlines operate a fleet of 70 seater ATR 72 and 56 seater MA60 aircraft to 7 international destinations and 8 domestic airports. In addition Lao Airlines has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft with a second Airbus due to arrive in December.The new aircraft will allow Lao Airlines to operate a new a business class service and the new aircraft will be used on the route between Bangkok and Vientiane. route as well as the new route to Singapore plus Hanoi, Kunming, and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Pakse in Southern Laos. This is a major step forward for Lao Airlines and Alternative Airlines has a special relationship with this growing airline, which gives our customers access to instant seat availability and competitive fares through through the easy-to-use online booking facility.Lao Central Airlines, the first independent airline in Laos, is the new name for the carrier previously branded as Phongsavanh Airlines. Lao Central took delivery of its first Boeing 737-400 in October 2011 and already has a second. Both are based at Vientianne's Wattay International Airport alongside the airline's two 19 seater turbo props. The Boeing Jets will be used on international routes with the launch service operating from Vientianne to Bangkok probably in January 2012. Plans beyond flights to Bangkok as the first destination include operations to Vietnam, Cambodia, China and SIngapore plus increasing the fleet to 4 Boeing 737-400's. Lao Central will compete directly with national carrier, Lao Airlines which operates flights to Luang Prabang, Kunming, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Alternative Airlines is a specialist in arranging flights to South East Asia. For the most competitive fares please use our instant on-line booking facility.

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