Pakse International Airport

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Pakse International Airport
Pakxe Airport Laos.jpg
PKZ is located in Laos
Location of airport in Laos
Airport type Military of Laos/Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Military of Laos
Location Pakxe
Elevation AMSL 351 ft / 107 m
Coordinates 15°08′02″N 105°46′55″E / 15.13389°N 105.78194°E / 15.13389; 105.78194Coordinates: 15°08′02″N 105°46′55″E / 15.13389°N 105.78194°E / 15.13389; 105.78194
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 7,874 2,400 Asphalt

Pakse International Airport (IATA: PKZICAO: VLPS) is one of the few international airports in Laos. Pakse is the former southern capital city of the Champasak Kingdom.

Though civilian, the airfield is also used by the military. Lao People's Army barracks and HQ for Military Region 4 are next to the airport. The airport is a military airfield for Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force aircraft as a detachment base.[1]

The airport has been in use since 1959.[2] and re-opened after renovations in 2009.


The terminal is designed to mimic the Lane Xang Arts style architecture used for Buddhist temples in Laos.

Besides check-in counters, baggage area and customs, there are few services at the airport terminal:[3]

  • small restaurant (kiosk) for food is available, but limited selection.[4]
  • Monument Books
  • money exchange depot
  • Security Office
  • Souvenir/minimart kiosk
  • Sacombank with ATMs

A new control tower next to the terminal replaced a short one to provide ATC at the airport.


Travellers can use tuk-tuk taxis and motorcycle taxis to get to and from the airport to Pakse via National Road 13.[4] The airport has a small parking lot used mainly by locals.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Lao Airlines Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet Domestic
Lao Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang,[5] Siem Reap International
Lao Central Airlines Vientiane Domestic

Accidents and incidents[edit]