Wattay International Airport

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Wattay International Airport


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 ?

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. It is a base for Lao Air Force.

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] Lao Airlines is revising flying to Yangon.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Cambodia Angkor Air Phnom Penh
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning
Jin Air Seoul-Incheon
Lao Skyway Sam Neua, Sayaboury
Lao Airlines Ban Houayxay, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Changsha, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Kunming, Louang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Phnom Penh (Suspended), Savannakhet, Sayaboury, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore, Xieng Khouang
SilkAir Singapore (resumes 31 October 2016)[4]
T'way Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Phnom Penh


  • 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]


  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. ^ "SilkAir Resumes Laos Service from late-Oct 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "XW-TAF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "XW-TDF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "XW-TDR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

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