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.