Check our guide to domestic and international airports in Laos, featuring information on airlines, flights, WiFi an other services in airports in this Southeast Asian country
Are you planning a trip to Laos in the near future? This list featuring all airports in Laos brings information on domestic and international flights to this amazing Asian destination.
Flights to Laos: Overview
Despite its location in Southeast Asia, Laos receives considerably less visitors than some of its neighbor countries like Vietnam and Thailand. However, the tourism industry is improving in the country. The same can be said about the infrastructure and passenger traffic of airports in Laos.
There are two main airports in Laos receiving a considerable amount of international flights. They are the Wattay International Airport in Vientiane and the Luang Prabang International Airport.
Most international flights to both Vientiane and Luang Prabang are somewhat regional, focusing on other Southeastern and Eastern Asian cities. The main international destinations from these airports are in Thailand, China and South Korea.
The main airlines operating in Laos airports are Lao Skyway and Lao Airlines. While Lao Skyway focuses mostly on domestic flights, Lao Skyway has both domestic and international routes to other Asian countries.
As of 2018, all airports in Laos are public owned.
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Map of Airports in Laos
IATA Codes for Airports in Laos:
Vientiane Wattay International Airport IATA: VTE
Luang Prabang International Airport IATA: LPQ
Pakse International Airport IATA: PKZ
Savannakhet Airport IATA: ZVK
International Airports in Laos
Vientiane Wattay International Airport
The Wattay International Airport (IATA: VTE) is the biggest airport in Laos and serves Vientiane, the capital of the country. It also has the largest numbers of international routes, offered by various Asian airlines. Some of the most popular routes from the Wattay International Airport are to Bangkok and Incheon (Seoul).
Main Airlines: Lao Airlines, Lao Skyway, Vietnam Airlines, China Eastern Airlines.
WiFi: available (inside VIP lounge)
Luang Prabang International Airport
The Luang Prabang International Airport (IATA: LPQ) is the second biggest in Laos and also counts with various domestic and international airports. From this airport you can get to various cities in Laos, as well as international destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap and others.
Main Airlines: Lao Airlines, Lao Skyway, Vietnam Airlines.
WiFi: available (free)
Lounge: Book on Lounge Pass.
Pakse International Airport
The Pakse International Airport is considerably smaller than the other international airports in Laos. It is mostly operated by Lao Airlines and has a few flights to other cities in Laos and some ASEAN cities like Bangkok, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.
Main Airlines: Lao Airlines.
WiFi: unknown or unavailable
The Savannakhet Airport is a small airport in Laos. It counts with flights to Vientiane, Bangkok and Pakse and is operated by Lao Airlines.
Main Airlines: Lao Airlines.
WiFi: unknown or unavailable.
Other Airports in Laos
There are some other minor airports in Laos, mostly counting with one flight a day to Vientiane, and in some cases to Luang Prabang. They are Xieng Khouang, Muang Xay Oudomsay, Luang Namtha, Ban Houeisay, Sayabouri and Sam Neua (Nathong) Airport.
Biggest Airports in Laos (Passenger Traffic)
Do I Need a Visa for Laos
Laos has a relatively relaxed visa policy, with most European, Asian and American countries allowed to enter in the country for up to 30 days with a visa on arrival. ASEAN countries, Japan, South Korea and Russia are some countries which its passport holders do not require a visa for short stays in Laos. Laos is also planning to introduce a eVisa program in the near future.
Airports Near Laos
As Laos geographical position in Southeast Asia, one of the most visited regions in the world, there are many international airports near Laos with a great infrastructure. You can arrive in number of these and then catch a flight or travel by road or train to your destination in Laos.
The biggest international airports with intercontinental flights close to Laos are in Bangkok, at 650 km to Vientiane, and Hanoi, at 241 km from the Laos border (Pa Hang). From both Bangkok and Hanoi there is a good availability of flights to both Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The Airport of Siem Reap in Cambodia might be a good option especially if you are traveling to Pakxe.
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Other Resources for Laos
If you are traveling to Laos you will certainly find some of our other Southeast Asia guides useful. Check how to travel from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, and how to travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. You can also check our guide on where to stay in Vientiane.
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If you are continuing your travels in other countries of the region, check our guides to Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
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