Wattay International Airport
|Wattay International Airport
|Airport type||Military/Public/Civil Aviation Authority|
|Operator||Military of Laos|
|Hub for||Lao Air
|Elevation AMSL||564 ft / 172 m|
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 head office of the Department of Civil Aviation is on the airport property. The head office of Lao Air is on the airport property. 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
- Duty-free shop
- Post office
- 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.
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
- On 24 March 1976, Douglas C-47A Skytrain XW-TAF and C-47Bs XW-TDF and XW-TDR of Royal Air Lao were damaged beyond economic repair in a storm.
- On 16 October 2013, Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashed on approach to Pakse International Airport from Vientiane. All 49 aboard died.
- "Contact Lao Central Airines." [sic] (Archive) Lao Central Airlines. Retrieved on 21 October 2013. "International Airport, Ban Arkard, Sikhodtabong District, Vientiane Lao PDR"
- "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."
- "Contact Us." Lao Air. Retrieved on 19 September 2010. "Lao Air Company Asiane Road, Ban Akat, Wattay Airport"
- "Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Laos links from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- "XW-TAF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "XW-TDF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "XW-TDR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
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