Laos continues to move fast to add air services to the landlocked country. Two new services are due to open soon.SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will launch services from October 31 to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos . With the commencement of these new flights, SilkAir, together with its parent airline, Singapore Airlines will effectively fly to all ASEAN countries.
From 31 October 2016, SilkAir will offer thrice weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will operate in a circular routing and will depart from Singapore for Vientiane, followed by Luang Prabang, before heading back to Singapore. Flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 offering economy and business classes.
Following the launch of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network will increase to 51 destinations in 14 countries, which now include: Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
“Southeast Asia has always been an important market for us and with the start of flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, we will offer travellers connectivity to every country in Southeast Asia. We believe that this new service has great potential, as more travellers turn their interest to Southeast Asia and destinations such as Laos. This new service will also allow Laotians increased connectivity to the rest of the world via Singapore,” said SilkAir Chief Executive, Mr Leslie Thng.
A day after Silk Air announcement, Thai AirAsia also unveiled the launching of a second flight to Lao PDR out of Bangkok Don Mueang. The carrier will launch a new daily frequency from Don Mueang to Vientiane, Laos capital city. Flights will be offered during a promotional period as low as THB990 (US$30) for one way, including taxes. With Vientiane, TAA becomes the low cost carrier with the most flight connections to Asean from Thailand, reaching seven Asean countries and 15 destinations. Thai AirAsia launched its first route to Lao back to March 26. The Bangkok-Luang Prabang flight has so far been so popular that it already reaches load factors of 80% to 85%, prompting the launching of the Vientiane route.