Pakse International Airport

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Pakse International Airport

Pakxe Airport Laos.jpg
Airport typeMilitary of Laos/Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorMilitary of Laos
Elevation AMSL351 ft / 107 m
Coordinates15°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
PKZ is located in Laos
Location of airport in Laos
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 7,874 2,400 Asphalt

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


The airport has been in use since 1959.[1] and re-opened after renovations in 2009. A new control tower next to the terminal replaced a short one to provide ATC at the airport. The terminal is designed to mimic the Lan Xang-style architecture used for Buddhist temples in Laos.

Though civilian, the airfield is also used by the military. Lao People's Army barracks and the headquarters of 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.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Lao Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City,[3] Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Vientiane, Siem Reap[4]
Lao Skyway Vientiane

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 October 2013, Lao Airlines Flight 301, operated by an ATR 72–600 crashed into the Mekong River on approach to Pakse, killing all 49 people on board. It later determine that the cause of the crash due to pilot error and poor weather.


External links[edit]

Media related to Pakse International Airport at Wikimedia Commons