This year, Lao Airlines will launch new routes from Pakse to major cities in China to attract more visitors from the country.
The new routes will operate from Pakse to Hong Kong, Haikou, Sanya, Chengdu, and other prominent cities of China starting in mid-2023.
Lao Airlines will also conduct a feasibility study of direct flights from Pakse-Singapore, Pakse-Seoul, and Pakse-Fukuoka in Japan.
Seeing the potential of Pakse as a prominent tourist spot and considering that the Pakse International Airport allows 30-day visa-on-arrival for several countries, Siphandone Tourism Company in Siphandone Special Economic Zone signed an official aircraft lease agreement with Lao Airlines in Vientiane earlier this month to help expand its service.
The flag carrier eventually plans to start more flights from Pakse to more major cities in ASEAN countries and places in China like Hainan Island, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, and Changsha which have a flying time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Lao Airlines had earlier announced its plans to start flights to more cities in China from Vientiane to help boost tourism and travel between both countries.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism also recently permitted the return of outbound group tours to twenty nations, including Laos.