Laos-China Railway Company has purchased a new electric multiple-unit (EMU) train, which will be delivered today, to support domestic and international tourist demand.
“A new EMU train has been acquired to boost domestic and international passenger travel, particularly in preparation for Laos’ Chairmanship of ASEAN and Visit Laos Year 2024,” said Mr. Anongdeth Phetkayson, the Deputy Director of Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd.
Mr. Anongdeth said the new EMU train features wireless charging and touch-sensitive seat adjustment systems.
Currently, the Laos-China Railway Company runs a total of 5 passenger trains per day, four of which are EMUs and one is a regular train.
According to China Radio International in Vientiane, the Laos-China Railway service has carried over 3.1 million passengers since its opening on 3 December 2021, averaging 4,889 passengers daily and recording the highest passenger count of 10,197 per day.
In 2023, so far, over 1.75 million passengers have traveled on the Laos-China Railway, up 103.7 percent from the same period in 2022.
Additionally, since the start of the cross-border train operation on 13 April 2023, a total of 61,698 passengers have traveled across the border, with an average of 201 people traveling outside the country and 190 people traveling to Laos per day.
The railway has also been an efficient transport option for trade, with over 5.38 million tons of goods being transported since it started operations, averaging 8,229 tons per day, with a maximum daily count of 15,250 tons.
The main trading items have been fruits, cassava flour, barley, rubber, beer, iron ore, concentrated iron ore, and chemical fertilizers, of which 770,900 tons were sent from China to Laos, and 4.56 million tons were exported from Laos to China.
Meanwhile, Amid a surge in passenger travel, the Laos-China Railway Company has also proposed to the Lao government to increase the price of train tickets this year, due to considerable exchange rate fluctuations and the depreciation of the Laotian Kip (LAK).