Laos Wants To Renovate And Expand Its Airports

Laos Ministry of Public Works and Transport has proposed a plan to renovate domestic airports as well as developing new international airports for the country. The plan was highlighted by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Bounchanh Sinthavong at a recent government meeting.

Under the Ministry’s plan, four international airports will be expanded or/and renovated including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport, Savannakhet International Airport and Pakse International Airport in Southern Laos.

The six domestic airports to be renovated are in the provinces of Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Huaphan, Phongsaly, Xayaboury and Borikhamxay.

Mr Bounchanh added that four regional airports are to be upgraded as international airports including the ones in the provinces of Xieng Khuang, Bokeo, Seno of Savannakhet and Attapeu in a bid to stimulate trade and tourism to these parts of the country.

Japan and Lao PDR finally signed on October 12 the contract to expand Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. The main passengers building is due to be expanded to three million passengers. From 2011 to 2014, the international terminal has seen its traffic growing from 0.5 million to 1.1 million. The annual number of passengers is expected to reach 2.8 million by 2028.

The Japanese ODA-funded expansion project, will represent an investment of US$61 million and is expected to be completed by 2018. The expansion project will finally integrate under a single roof both domestic and international passengers terminals. The runway will also be renovated to be sure that large aircraft can land.

Laos Minister of Transport said that the construction of a new international airport in Vientiane Capital will start around 2025 to 2030 with a landing capacity that can accommodate the latest aircraft to be in service.

(Source: KPL Lao News Agency)