Lao Airlines Introduces New Regional Routes

Lao Airlines to Introduces New Routes for Visit Laos 2024
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To enhance accessibility to Laos, Lao Airlines unveiled new international routes between Savannakhet and Bangkok, Vientiane and Phnom Penh, and Vientiane and Danang. 

Commencing 15 March, Savannakhet-Bangkok flights will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new link between Laos and Thailand will be shortly followed by a new Vientiane-Phnom Penh route, starting 19 March with three flights a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Flights will also transition between Laos and Vietnam, with the Vientiane-Danang route beginning flights from 4 April, operating two flights a week.

The airline already has codeshare agreements with Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines to extend service across key routes including Vientiane-Bangkok, Vientiane-Hanoi, Vientiane-Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang-Hanoi, and Luang Prabang-Siem Reap.

Beyond its regional partnerships, Laos sets its sights on broader tourism expansion, eyeing markets like Russia. On October 29, 2023, Ural Airlines, headquartered in Russia, declared the relaunch of flights from Vladivostok to Vientiane Capital, with the journey spanning approximately six hours and 20 minutes.

In a bid to enhance connectivity further, talks have surfaced regarding a potential route linking Luang Prabang, Laos, and Bali, Indonesia. During discussions held on 25 January between Lao Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism and Indonesian counterpart Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the proposed direct link aims to draw European and Australian tourists to Laos via Bali, while Indonesia stands to gain from increased Chinese tourist traffic in Laos.

As Laos continues to promote its Visit Laos 2024 tourism campaign to attract international and regional tourists, new initiatives and flight routes continue to increase to facilitate convenience.