Laos’ two airlines, Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway, have achieved the SafeFlight certification under the LaoSafe programme, with new flight routes opening up this month.
The SafeFlight standard, one of a series of health and hygiene certifications under the LaoSafe programme, ensures that cabin crew and flight staff abide by strict hygiene regulations to ensure a clean and comfortable flight for passengers. LaoSafe is a nationwide initiative designed to create a health and hygiene system within the tourism and hospitality industry.
“The LaoSafe certification has allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to safe and clean hygiene travel standards for everyone,” said Sitthideth Douangsiththy, deputy director, Lao Airlines.
According to the SafeFlight standards, all airline personnel must follow health and hygiene protocols set in place for maximum cleanliness, and includes daily temperature screening, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection, wearing masks in the airport and for the duration of the flights, wearing gloves when handling travellers’ personal belongings, regularly washing hands, and providing safety amenities to passengers.
Siviengthong Konnyvong, CEO, Lao Skyway, said: “Tourists can be assured that their travels in Laos abide by the highest hygiene standards.”
Flights connecting Hanoi, Vietnam, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, with Luang Prabang will be available in the coming months. Lao Airlines has also increased the frequency of its Vientiane-Seoul service, and will offer flights to and from major regional destinations such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap.