Wattay International Airport

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Wattay International Airport
Wattay Intl Airport Vientiane Laos.jpg
VTE is located in Laos
Location of airport in Laos
Airport type Military/Public/Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Military of Laos
Location Vientiane, Laos
Hub for Lao Air
Lao Airlines
Lao Central Airlines
Elevation AMSL 564 ft / 172 m
Coordinates 17°59′18″N 102°33′48″E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333Coordinates: 17°59′18″N 102°33′48″E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passenger movements  ?
Airfreight movements in tonnes  ?
Aircraft movements  ?
Vientiane Airport Terminal Building
Vientiane Airport Terminal Interior

Wattay International Airport (IATA: VTEICAO: VLVT) is one of the few international airports in Laos. It is located 3 km (2 mi) outside of the city centre of its capital, Vientiane. The airport consists of an old and small domestic terminal and a new international terminal. There is a military (air force) installation at one end of the airport.

The airport is in Sikhodtabong District in Vientiane.[1]

The head office of the Department of Civil Aviation is on the airport property.[2] The head office of Lao Air is on the airport property.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning International
Lao Air Sam Neua, Sayaboury Domestic
Lao Airlines Ban Houayxay, Louang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Sayaboury, Xieng Khouang Domestic
Lao Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Da Nang, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Phnom Penh (Suspended), Seoul-Incheon, Siem Reap, Singapore International
Lao Central Airlines Luang Prabang, Pakse Domestic
Lao Central Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Thai Smile Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Vinh International


  • Banks
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Duty-free shop
  • Post office
  • Shops
  • Internet café

The airport has a bonded warehouse building for air cargo passing through the airport. The facility is operated by Lao-Japan Airport Terminal Building Service Co. Ltd.

Ground transportation[edit]

Access to airport by taxi, car and tuk-tuk. A taxi rank is located outside the main arrival hall.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Lao Central Airines." [sic] (Archive) Lao Central Airlines. Retrieved on 21 October 2013. "International Airport, Ban Arkard, Sikhodtabong District, Vientiane Lao PDR"
  2. ^ "Laos" (Archive). Federal Aviation Administration. p. 2/10. "Ministry of Public Works and Transport Department of Civil Aviation Vientiane/Wattay International Airport P.O. Box 119 Vientiane, Lao PDR."
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Lao Air. Retrieved on 19 September 2010. "Lao Air Company Asiane Road, Ban Akat, Wattay Airport"
  4. ^ "XW-TAF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "XW-TDF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "XW-TDR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

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