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.

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 Route
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Cambodia Angkor Air Hanoi (begins 25 October 2015), Phnom Penh (begins 25 October 2015) International
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning International
Jin Air Seoul-Incheon 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
Charter: Busan (begins 25 July 2015)[4]
Sky Wings Asia Airlines Siem Reap International
Lao Central Airlines Luang Prabang, Pakse Domestic
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
T'way Airlines Seoul-Incheon International [5]
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]


  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. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/06/26/qv-pus-jul15/
  5. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/11/24/tw-icnvte-dec14/
  6. ^ "XW-TAF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "XW-TDF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "XW-TDR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

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