Lao Airlines has announced on social media that it will be bringing back certain flight routes and increasing the number of routes for the Winter 2022-2023 that were reduced or discontinued during the pandemic.
A tourism insider posted the Lao Airlines flight schedule for the upcoming season on social media, revealing that certain popular flights–including services to Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, and Pakse–will return starting 1 November this year.
For international, Lao Airlines will reopen of the 2 long-waited routes: Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Luang Prabang, & Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang. Detail as below:
• Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Luang Prabang: 3 flights per week on Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
• Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang: 3 flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
You can find the full flight timetable in the pictures below.
The Lao Airlines winter flight schedule was posted to social media.
The addition of these flights has been long awaited by Lao tourism professionals whose industry has been hit hard by a lack of customers.
A tourism professional who spoke to The Laotian Times before the scheduled release identified a lack of connecting flights as a serious hindrance to the recovery of the Lao tourism industry.
“Important tourist routes are not yet operating,” he said, “especially Luang Prabang to Hanoi, Chiangmai, Siem Reap, and Pakse. If they can at least tell us when they are planning to restart the popular tourist routes we can open the booking system so we can start filling seats and selling tours using them. We can’t sell something that isn’t there.” Now that these flights have been announced, tours can be planned with more certainty, a benefit to both the tourism industry and the Lao economy as a whole.
Besides flights to Hanoi, they also reopen international flights to Ho Chi Minh City and other domestic flights such as Vientiane, Pakse, Savannakhet… These make us easier to combine the multi-tours in Southeast Asia.
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