Lao Airlines arranging extra New Year flights
Lao Airlines will schedule an additional two flights daily on the Vientiane-Luang Prabang route for the five day Lao New Year holiday, a Lao Airlines marketing official said.
“This year, we plan to add two more flights for Vientiane-Luang Prabang, increasing the number of flights from three to five a day but the fares will remain unchanged,” a marketing officer who asked not be named told Vientiane Times on Friday. The additional flights will begin on April 9 and continue until the end of the holiday.
“We are unable to give an exact prediction of passenger numbers but I'm quite sure that Luang Prabang is the most attractive destination for Lao New Year celebrations so many people will be heading there,” he said.
He also said the Airbus fleet may be deployed on the Vientiane-Pakxe route, depending on passenger numbers.
For one-way fares the Vientiane-Luang Prabang route costs 660,000 kip while the Vientiane-Pakxe sector costs 770,000 kip.
Meanwhile, Lao Skyway also said they were adding more flights for Lao New Year with promotional one-way fares at 299,000 kip to the three northern provinces of Xieng Khuang, Luang Namtha and Oudomxay.
“Passenger numbers are definitely increasing every year over the Lao New Year holiday but we don't have precise figures at hand,” Lao Skyway marketing officer Ms Pavina Sounakhane said.
Lao Skyway flies to seven northern provinces, offering affordable one-way ticket prices from 399,000 kip to over 600,000 kip.
Many domestic and foreign tourists are attracted to the Lao New Year celebrations in Luang Prabang with the World Heritage town on the Mekong River famous for its blend of cultural charms.
Pouring ceremonial water on Buddha heads, building sand stupas on the Mekong riverside and watching the Nang Sangkhan parade are some of the most interesting activities for both domestic and international travellers.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 10, 2017)