Pakse International Airport
|Pakse International Airport
|IATA: PKZ – ICAO: VLPS
|Airport type||Military of Laos/Civil Aviation Authority|
|Operator||Military of Laos|
|Elevation AMSL||351 ft / 107 m|
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.
The airport has been in use since 1959. 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:
- small restaurant (kiosk) for food is available, but limited selection.
- 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Lao Airlines||Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet||Domestic|
|Lao Airlines||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Siem Reap||International|
|Lao Central Airlines||Vientiane||Domestic|
Accidents and incidents
- On 16 October 2013, Lao Airlines Flight 301, operated by an ATR 72–600 crashed into the Mekong River whilst on approach to Pakse, killing all 49 people on board.
- Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force. Aeroflight.co.uk.
- Laos Military Air Bases and Airfields. Aeroflight.co.uk.
- Pakse International Airport in Laos. spotonlaos.com (13 August 2013).
- Pakse International Airport – Travel and Local Information Guide. Visit-mekong.com.
- Lao Airlines to Start Seoul Service from late-Dec 2012; Outlines Planned Expansion. Airline Route (26 October 2012).
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