Lao Airlines delays Singapore launch

LAO Airlines’ thrice-weekly Vientiane-Singapore flights from November 1 (TTG Asia e-Daily, July 25) have been rescheduled to November 24 due to a revision in the delivery schedule of two new Airbus A320s, one of which it plans to deploy on the route (TTG Asia e-Daily, August 29).

The airline and its GSA in Singapore, Maple Aviation, have been in contact with travel agents and travellers who booked seats on the cancelled flights to offer alternative travel arrangements.

Sitthideth Douangsiththy, Lao Airlines’ newly appointed general manager in Singapore, said: “The two A320s will arrive in Laos at the beginning of November.”

Douangsiththy confirmed that during the first six months of operation, return airfares to Vientiane and Luang Prabhang were being offered at S$395 (US$316) and S$495, respectively, including surcharges and taxes.

He added that Lao Airlines was planning to leverage on its Singapore operations to encourage connecting flights to and from Europe, Australia and many parts of Asia.

Besides longhaul visitors, Lao Airlines is targeting corporate travellers, FITs, and Singapore-based expatriates – including the sizeable French, Dutch, German, Scandinavian and Japanese communities.

Lao Airlines is also planning to cooperate with the Lao National Tourism Administration, Laotian travel agents, and hotels to participate in the upcoming ITB Asia.

“Under the bigger umbrella of a national pavilion, we will have a stronger presence to signal our commitment to tourism,” said Douangsiththy.

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