Lao Airlines aims for Direct Route to Tokyo for Passengers

Lao Airlines Flight to Japan

Lao Airlines has announced plans to provide its passengers with a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo, Japan.

Though not much has been detailed in the airline’s plans to introduce the service as of yet, it has been confirmed that the flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo.

The airline is expected to release more information on its new routes at a press conference in the near future.

Due to a codeshare agreement between Lao Airlines and Thai Airways International, passengers currently travelling to Japan need to fly from Vientiane to Bangkok, and then board a connecting flight to reach Japan.

However, before the demand for a direct flight to Japan can be fulfilled, Lao Airlines must equip itself with an aircraft  suitable to fly nonstop to Japan, which is beyond the range of any of its aircraft currently.

The airline currently operates domestic routes to Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Vientiane and Xieng Khuang.  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.


  1. What’s the source for the statement that “Lao Airlines must equip itself with an aircraft suitable to fly nonstop to Japan, which is beyond the range of any of its aircraft currently”? Lao Airlines already has four Airbus A320-214s, which on paper have a maximum range sufficient for a direct flight from Vientiane to Tokyo.

    • It would be nice if lao airlines can fly direct from nrt to vte about 6:55pm or 7 pm cause most u.s flight like Delta Airlines, American Airlines , United Airlines mostly the flight from u.s got to narita like 3pm or 4pm so most of the Lao peoples and Mhong that try to go to Laos will all fly Lao Airlines ! Cause I know nobody like to lay overnight in Bangkok!Am my self that fly to Laos a lot! And would like to see Lao Airlines fly direct from narita to Vientiane as soon as possible! It would be great for Lao people’s and mhong people’s that travel to Laos!Am also work for Delta Airlines and travel a lot to Laos so I know the outcome!