Wattay International Airport

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Wattay International Airport
Airport type Military/Public/Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Military of Laos
Location Vientiane, Laos
Hub for Lao Air
Lao 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
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Location of airport in Laos
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13/31 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
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Wattay International Airport (IATA: VTE, ICAO: 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 Lao 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] Lao Airlines is revising flying to Yangon. The largest airplane that is flown to Vientiane is the A330. This is flown by Thai Airways. The largest airplane that has ever visited this airport is the Boeing 747-400, carrying Park Geun-hye – then-president of South Korea – for the 2016 ASEAN summit.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air Busan Busan
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Nanning
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Hainan Airlines Haikou, Shenzhen[4]
Jeju Air Seoul−Incheon
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Skyway Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Ban Houayxay, Oudomxay, Pakse, Louang Namtha, Sam Neua, Phongsaly
Lao Airlines Ban Houayxay, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Busan, Changsha, Changzhou, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Kunming, Louang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Sayaboury, Seoul–Incheon, Xieng Khouang
Sichuan Airlines Kunming[5]
Silkair Singapore
T'way Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Smile 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 shuttle bus, taxi, car and tuk-tuk. A taxi rank is located outside the main arrival hall. The shuttle bus stop is located outside the international terminal.

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. ^ "Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Laos links from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272747/sichuan-airlines-adds-new-laos-route-from-may-2017/
  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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