New airport to connect remote Lao province with business, tourism to open in May 2015

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Lao airlinesA new international airport currently under construction in Laos’ southernmost province of Attapeu is “50 per cent completed” and should be finished on schedule by May 2015, the Vientiane Times reported.

The $46-million Vietnamese-funded airport will be the first international facility for the remote province, about 600 kilometers south-east of Vientiane, which borders Vietnam and Cambodia.

Built to boost tourism and business in the province, the airport will have a 2,850-meter runway, capable of accommodating medium-sized aircraft such as ATR72, Fokker 70, Fokker 100 and MA60, the project’s deputy manager Bouakhay Saophouthone said.

The nearest airport to the region is currently Pakse International Airport, which is 200 kilometers north-west of Attapeu.

Attapeu province borders Vietnam and Cambodia. Tourist attractions include the 16th-century Saysetthatthirath pagoda, three waterfalls on the Xepain River and Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine. There are also a biodiversity conservation area with some of the last intact areas of lowland and tropical forests remaining in mainland Southeast Asia.

Attapeu’s economy is largely agricultural. Trade in wild life is rife, and dependency on forest produce is very large, concentrated in the fields of wild animals and plants, exchanged and extracted for achieving sustainable income; fish is one of the other main resources exploited.

Given its proximity to Vietnam the province has traditionally been a source for raw materials and forest products for adjacent regions in Vietnam. More recently, some Vietnamese companies expanded into Attapeu to grow rubber trees and also to invest in electricity generation, sugar refining and organic fertiliser production.

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A new international airport currently under construction in Laos’ southernmost province of Attapeu is “50 per cent completed” and should be finished on schedule by May 2015, the Vientiane Times reported.

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Lao airlinesA new international airport currently under construction in Laos’ southernmost province of Attapeu is “50 per cent completed” and should be finished on schedule by May 2015, the Vientiane Times reported.

The $46-million Vietnamese-funded airport will be the first international facility for the remote province, about 600 kilometers south-east of Vientiane, which borders Vietnam and Cambodia.

Built to boost tourism and business in the province, the airport will have a 2,850-meter runway, capable of accommodating medium-sized aircraft such as ATR72, Fokker 70, Fokker 100 and MA60, the project’s deputy manager Bouakhay Saophouthone said.

The nearest airport to the region is currently Pakse International Airport, which is 200 kilometers north-west of Attapeu.

Attapeu province borders Vietnam and Cambodia. Tourist attractions include the 16th-century Saysetthatthirath pagoda, three waterfalls on the Xepain River and Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine. There are also a biodiversity conservation area with some of the last intact areas of lowland and tropical forests remaining in mainland Southeast Asia.

Attapeu’s economy is largely agricultural. Trade in wild life is rife, and dependency on forest produce is very large, concentrated in the fields of wild animals and plants, exchanged and extracted for achieving sustainable income; fish is one of the other main resources exploited.

Given its proximity to Vietnam the province has traditionally been a source for raw materials and forest products for adjacent regions in Vietnam. More recently, some Vietnamese companies expanded into Attapeu to grow rubber trees and also to invest in electricity generation, sugar refining and organic fertiliser production.

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