Lao Airlines clarifies Pakxe stopover on Attapeu flight
Lao Airlines has said its planned new route between Vientiane and Attapeu province, which is scheduled to become operational on April 2, will not stop over in Champassak province on the outward flight.
“This flight will transit at Pakxe International Airport in Champassak province only on the return sector, to pick up passengers wanting to travel to Vientiane,” Lao Airlines official Ms Phuttasone Vannasack told Vientiane Times on Thursday.
Passengers on this sector have a choice of four ticket prices. The most expensive is a one-way ticket costing 1,070,000 kip, purchased on the day of the flight. The cheapest one-way ticket costs 900,000 kip.
The new sector will not become available until April because Attapeu International Airport is still under construction although the project is actually ahead of schedule as it was slated for completion in June.
However, passengers wishing to fly that route can buy tickets in advance from all Lao Airlines ticketing agencies.
Lao Airlines will operate two flights a week between Vientiane and Attapeu. This is welcome news for those wanting to save time as it takes one and a half days by bus from Vientiane to Attapeu.
Attapeu provincial Public Works and Transport Department said the airport would be finished sooner than expected because workers are completing about 7 percent of the plan each month.
The airport is located in Xaysettha district, about 26km from the provincial capital. The project was contracted to the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group (HAGL).
The first phase, situated on an area of over 165 hectares, was scheduled to take 24 months and cost over US$36 million with the government repaying the company upon completion of the project.
The runway will be 1,850m long with a width of 30m and able to accommodate aircraft of between 70 and 100 seats.
Of the four southern provinces of Champassak, Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu, only Champassak has an international airport.
People who don't want to make the long road journey to Attapeu often fly from Vientiane to Champassak and make their way from there.
By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update January 19, 2015)