Wattay International Airport

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.

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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The airport is in Sikhodtabong District in Vientiane.[1] The head offices of the Department of Civil Aviation and Lao Air are on the airport property.[2][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 destinationsEdit

AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air Busan Busan
Charter: Seoul–Incheon (begins 1 October 2022, ends 25 February 2023)[4]
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Daxing, Kunming, Nanning
China Express Airlines Chongqing[5]
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Hainan Airlines Seasonal charter: Haikou, Shenzhen[6]
Jeju Air Seoul−Incheon
Jin Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kumamoto,[7] Kunming, Louang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Wenzhou, Xiangkhoang
Lao Skyway Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Phongsali, Sainyabuli, Xam Neua, Xiangkhoang
Lucky Air Kunming[8]
Scoot Singapore
Sichuan Airlines Kunming
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
T'way Air Busan,[9] Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal: Daegu[10]
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh


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 transportationEdit

An airport shuttle bus

Access to airport by shuttle bus, taxi, car, tuk-tuk and walking. 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. ^ "에어부산, 내달부터 인천∼비엔티안 노선 전세기 운항" [Air Busan will operate chartered flights between Incheon and Vientiane starting next month] (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 15 September 2022.
  5. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Express adds Laos service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Laos links from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Lao Airlines adds Kumamoto service from mid-March 2020".
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Lucky Air adds Kunming – Laos routes from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Busan – Vientiane service from late-Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Vientiane service in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 30 December 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Wattay International Airport at Wikimedia Commons