Unfortunately for passengers it is not a nonstop service. It touches down in two Lao tourist destinations on the way. The service operates from Vientiane with stops in Savannakhet and Pakse on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday using ATR72 aircraft.

The flight departs the Lao capital at 0700 and arrives in Danang at 1040. The return flight departs 1140 and lands in Vientiane at 1520.

The roundtrip fare is US$251 from Vientiane; US$221 from Savannakhet and US$191 from Pakse.

Last November, the carrier kicked off a nonstop service to Guangzhou, China, with three flights a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight departs at 1310 and lands in Guangzhou at 1610. The eturn flight leaves at 1710 and lands at 1810.

Lao Airlines operates 20 regional routes from Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Jing Hong, Kunming, Guangzhou and Singapore.

It achieves this remarkable growth over the last two years without any marketing or sales budget. The advertising budget is almost zero and very few financial incentives are offered to travel agencies.

By Rapeepat Mantanarat - TTR Weekly - December 12, 2012