New Lao airports planned to push tourism

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Attapeu airport in southern Laos.

New airports will be built in provinces of Laos to attract tourists and investors to remote and undeveloped areas. One will be set up in the southernmost province of Laos, Attapeu, at an estimated cost of $46 million. There are also talks to develop another regional airport in Viengxay in eastern Laos.

Both airports will be constructed by Vietnamese company Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group. Completion is  slated for June 2013. Phetmixay Khampakdy, director of Attapeu’s Public Works and Transport Department, told the Vientiane Times that the new airport would be operational by 2014. Until 2020, the airport will receive small aircraft such as the ATR 72 and Fokker 70. After 2020, it will meet the requirements to handle larger aircraft like the Airbus A320.

Attapeu, which borders Vietnam and Cambodia, is rich in history, handicrafts and natural attractions. Its key tourist attractions include the 16th-century Saysetthatthirath pagoda, three waterfalls on the Xepain River and Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine.

The district of Viengxay is already one of the most attractive destinations in the country due to its caves which used to accommodate revolutionary leaders back to the Vietnam War in the sixties and early seventies. In 2011, about 13,000 people have visited the caves where former Laotian President Kaysone Phomvihane lived and worked, including 2,800 foreigners, but this figure does not include Vietnamese and Chinese tourists. Some 500 caves can be visited in the province. The construction of an airport would then help to turn eventually Viengxay into Laos third most visited destination in the country.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Attapeu airport in southern Laos.

New airports will be built in provinces of Laos to attract tourists and investors to remote and undeveloped areas. One will be set up in the southernmost province of Laos, Attapeu, at an estimated cost of $46 million. There are also talks to develop another regional airport in Viengxay in eastern Laos.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Attapeu airport in southern Laos.

New airports will be built in provinces of Laos to attract tourists and investors to remote and undeveloped areas. One will be set up in the southernmost province of Laos, Attapeu, at an estimated cost of $46 million. There are also talks to develop another regional airport in Viengxay in eastern Laos.

Both airports will be constructed by Vietnamese company Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group. Completion is  slated for June 2013. Phetmixay Khampakdy, director of Attapeu’s Public Works and Transport Department, told the Vientiane Times that the new airport would be operational by 2014. Until 2020, the airport will receive small aircraft such as the ATR 72 and Fokker 70. After 2020, it will meet the requirements to handle larger aircraft like the Airbus A320.

Attapeu, which borders Vietnam and Cambodia, is rich in history, handicrafts and natural attractions. Its key tourist attractions include the 16th-century Saysetthatthirath pagoda, three waterfalls on the Xepain River and Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine.

The district of Viengxay is already one of the most attractive destinations in the country due to its caves which used to accommodate revolutionary leaders back to the Vietnam War in the sixties and early seventies. In 2011, about 13,000 people have visited the caves where former Laotian President Kaysone Phomvihane lived and worked, including 2,800 foreigners, but this figure does not include Vietnamese and Chinese tourists. Some 500 caves can be visited in the province. The construction of an airport would then help to turn eventually Viengxay into Laos third most visited destination in the country.

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