Wattay International Airport

Coordinates: 17°59′18″N 102°33′48″E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333
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Wattay International Airport

Airport typeMilitary/public/Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorMilitary of Laos
LocationVientiane, Laos
Hub forLao Skyway
Lao Airlines
Elevation AMSL564 ft / 172 m
Coordinates17°59′18″N 102°33′48″E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333
VTE is located in Laos
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 and the country's main international gateway, serving the capital Vientiane, located 3 km (2 mi) outside of the city centre. A larger domestic terminal was constructed in 2018 and connected to the 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 offices of the Department of Civil Aviation and Lao Air are on the airport property.[2][3] Lao Airlines is revising flying to Yangon. The largest airplane that is flown to Vientiane is the Airbus A330. This is flown by Thai Airways International. 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]

AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International (resumes 1 August 2023)[4]
Air Busan Busan
Cambodia Angkor Air Siem Reap[5]
China Eastern Airlines Kunming[6]
China Express Airlines Chongqing[7]
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Jeju Air Seoul−Incheon
Jin Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Changsha, Changzhou, Da Nang,[8] Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Wenzhou, Xiangkhoang
Lao Skyway Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Phongsali, Xam Neua, Xiangkhoang
Lucky Air Kunming[9]
Scoot Singapore
Sichuan Airlines Kunming[10]
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
T'way Air Busan,[11] Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal: Daegu[12]
Ural Airlines Vladivostok[13]
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh


The interior of Wattay Airport in Vientiane

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]

An airport shuttle bus

Access to airport by shuttle bus, taxi, car, tuk-tuk and walking. The shuttle bus stop is located outside the international terminal.


  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. ^ "AirAsia July/August 2023 Frequency Variations – 09APR23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 12 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Cambodia Angkor Air Adds Siem Reap – Vientiane From late-April 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  6. ^ "China Eastern NW22 International / Regional Operations – 16OCT22".
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Express adds Laos service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Lao Airlines launched the first direct flight from Vientiane, Laos to Danang, Vietnam on March 30th, 2023". Lao Airlines.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "Lucky Air adds Kunming – Laos routes from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Sichuan Airlines late-March 2023 SE Asia Network Additions". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Busan – Vientiane service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Vientiane service in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Ural Airlines Increases Laos Service From late-Dec 2022". Aeroroutes.

External links[edit]

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