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Lao Airlines takes off with new routes to Korea, China

Published on Oct 3, 2012 8:39 AM

(VIENTIANE TIMES/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Lao Airlines will soon open new routes to the Republic of Korea and China as part of the airline's expansion goals in response to growing market demand.

Flights will operate from Vientiane to both Seoul and Busan, with both sectors expected to begin service in December this year. A flight from Vientiane to Guangzhou in China is also planned, possibly as early as November.

Director of Lao Airlines' commercial department Saleum Tayarath told Vientiane Times last week the national carrier will use the 142-seat Airbus on these routes.

"There is strong passenger demand for our airline to fly these routes," he said, noting that although Korea's Jin Air runs a charter flight between Vientiane and Seoul, it will not affect passenger numbers on Lao Airlines flights.

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