The future launch by the end of the month of Singapore-Vientiane-Luang Prabang by regional Singaporean carrier Silk Air – a subsidiary of national carrier Singapore Airlines, will boost connectivity between Laos and Singapore. Last July, a signing ceremony was held at Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs involving Lao Airlines Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Sengpraseuth Mathouchanh and Silk Air Vice-President Commercial, Ryan Pua. The signing was witnessed by Lao PDR’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith and Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan.
Currently, Lao Airlines operates 3 weekly flights between Vientiane and Singapore with a brand new Airbus A320 with a business and economy class. Flights take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. From 31 October 2016, Silk Air will also offer 3 weekly flights from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang on a triangle route every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. With the new code-share agreement in place, customers will consequently benefit of six weekly flights between both countries.
Lao Airlines remains one of the smallest national carrier in ASEAN with a fleet of three ATR72 with 70 seats and four Airbus A320 with a capacity of 142 or 158 seats. It currently serves 12 international cities from both Vientiane and Luang Prabang. It also offers weekly connections from Savannakhet and Pakse to Bangkok as well as Siem Reap. The airline flies seven domestic destinations out of Vientiane.
In the last two years, the airline strongly expanded to China and Korea. This coming winter, Lao Airlines will serve three destinations in Mainland China (Guangzhou, Jinghong and Kunming) as well as two destinations in Korea (Busan and Seoul). It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Korean low cost carrier Jin Air to code share on routes to Japan and Korea. However, in the near future, Laos national carrier looks at launching its own direct services to Japan and Taiwan and most probably to Nanning in Guangxi province in China. Guangxi is part of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.