Wattay International Airport
|Airport type||Military/Public/Civil Aviation Authority|
|Operator||Military of Laos|
|Hub for|| Lao Skyway |
|Elevation AMSL||564 ft / 172 m|
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.
An IATA airport code, also known as an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter geocode designating many airports and metropolitan areas around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used.
The ICAOairport code or location indicator is a four-letter code designating aerodromes around the world. These codes, as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization and published in ICAO Document 7910: Location Indicators, are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning.
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion but was later looted then razed to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese (Thai). Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is now the economic center of Laos. The city had a population of 820,000 as at the 2015 Census.
The airport is in Sikhodtabong District in Vientiane.
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.
The Department of Civil Aviation of Lao PDR is the civil aviation authority of Laos. The agency, a division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, has its headquarters on the property of the Wattay International Airport in Sikhodtabong District, Vientiane.
Lao Airlines State Enterprise is the national airline of Laos, headquartered in Vientiane. It operates domestic as well as international services to countries such as Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea. Its main operating base is Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. It is subordinate to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
Yangon International Airport is the primary and busiest international airport of Myanmar. The airport is located in Mingaladon, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of central Yangon. All ten Myanmar carriers and about 30 international airlines operate at Yangon International Airport. The airport is also colloquially known as Mingaladon Airport due to its location.
|China Eastern Airlines||Kunming, Nanning|
|China Southern Airlines||Guangzhou|
|Hainan Airlines||Seasonal Charter: Haikou, Shenzhen|
|Jin Air||Seasonal: Seoul-Incheon|
|Lao Airlines||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing, Busan, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Houayxay, Fukuoka (begins October 2019), Kunming, Louang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Muan, Oudomxay, Pakse, Phnom Penh, Savannakhet, Sayaboury, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Xiangkhoang|
|Lao Skyway||Houayxay, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Phongsali, Xam Seua, Xiangkhoang, Seponh|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok–Don Mueang|
|Vietnam Airlines||Hanoi, Phnom Penh|
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.
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