Wattay International Airport
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Wattay International Airport

Wattay International Airport

Airport typeMilitary/Public/Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorMilitary of Laos
LocationVientiane, Laos
Hub forLao Skyway
Lao Airlines
Elevation AMSL564 ft / 172 m
Coordinates17°59?18?N 102°33?48?E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333Coordinates: 17°59?18?N 102°33?48?E / 17.98833°N 102.56333°E / 17.98833; 102.56333
VTE is located in Laos
Location of airport in Laos
Direction Length Surface
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13/31 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
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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.

The airport is in Sikhodtabong District in Vientiane.[1]

The head office of the Department of Civil Aviation is on the airport property.[2] The head office of Lao Air is on the airport property.[3]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.

Airlines and destinations


The interior of Wattay Airport in Vientiane.
  • Banks
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Duty-free shop
  • Post office
  • Shops
  • Internet café

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.

Ground transportation

An airport shuttle bus

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.


  1. ^ "Contact Lao Central Airines." [sic] (Archive) Lao Central Airlines. Retrieved on 21 October 2013. "International Airport, Ban Arkard, Sikhodtabong District, Vientiane Lao PDR"
  2. ^ "Laos" (Archive). Federal Aviation Administration. p. 2/10. "Ministry of Public Works and Transport Department of Civil Aviation Vientiane/Wattay International Airport P.O. Box 119 Vientiane, Lao PDR."
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Lao Air. Retrieved on 19 September 2010. "Lao Air Company Asiane Road, Ban Akat, Wattay Airport"
  4. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Express adds Laos service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen - Laos links from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Lao Airlines Launches First Scheduled Danang Flights".
  7. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/287615/lao-airlines-adds-kumamoto-service-from-mid-march-2020/
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Lucky Air adds Kunming - Laos routes from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Busan - Vientiane service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Daegu - Vientiane service in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.

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