Lao PDR national flag carrier Lao Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo, Japan, yet details on the direct flight including how often the company will fly have yet to be revealed.
Though the flight will be flown directly from Vientiane to Japan, it will have a stopover in Nagasaki before returning to Vientiane.
The company is expected to make an official announcement on its new air routes in coming weeks and reveal the number of flown frequencies that will link Laos with Japan.
Lao Airlines currently operates flights to Japan under a code share agreement with Thai Airways International and as a result, passengers wishing to travel to Japan need to fly from Vientiane to Bangkok and change aircraft to their final Japanese destination.
Lao Airlines operates already international flights to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Guangzhou, Kunming, Jinghong, Chengdu, Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Busan.
Laos flag carrier has also codeshare agreements with Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines. Lao Airlines’ main hub is at the Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.
In another development, both governements of Lao PDR and Cambodia recently signed a new bilateral agreement to increase the total number of frequencies between both countries. Currently, Laos is linked to Cambodia by 21 weekly frequencies from three airlines but the new agreement foresees 30 weekly flights. Among proposed new routes are flights from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh and from Vientiane to Sihanoukville.
Vann Chanty, director for air transport at Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation declared to KPL news agency: “We need to update the agreement to comply with reality and the demands of the market,” he said. Total passengers traffic between the two countries increased by five percent last year to 178,000 with the Director of air transport hoping that the figure will hit 200,000 in the next two years.