VIENTIANE, 9 March 2017: Lao Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo in Japan.
Lao News Agency reported the airline plans to introduce the service, but has provided few details on its plans.
The flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one of sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo.
Lao Airlines currently operates flights to Japan under a codeshare agreement with Thai Airways International and as a result, passengers wishing to travel to Japan need to fly from Vientiane to Bangkok and change planes there for a direct flight to Japan.
There is demand for a direct flight, but it will involve having to bring in a suitable plane to fly nonstop to Japan, which is beyond the range of any of its aircraft.
The airline is the major carrier in Laos.
It flies to Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Pakse, Savannakhet, Vientiane and Xieng Khuang in the country. On international routes it serves Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Guangzhou, Kunming, Jinghong, Chengdu, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Busan.