VIENTIANE, 15 October 2015: Laos’ Department of Civil Aviation and Japan’s contractor Hazama Ando Corporation signed an agreement to expand Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport earlier this week.
Vientiane Times reported the Vientiane International Airport Terminal Expansion Project involves expansion of the international passenger terminal building and construction of a new domestic terminal building.
Other features include a new airport maintenance workshop, extension of car parking space and construction of an approach road.
The total budget is about USD61 million, the report said.
Construction will take 32 months and should be completed by 2018.
The country’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport recently proposed a plan to renovate domestic airports and improve gateway airports.
Wattay International Airport in Vientiane capital, Luang Prabang International Airport, Savannakhet International Airport, and Pakse International Airport have been identified for gateway improvements.
The six domestic airports to be renovated are in the provinces of Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Huaphan, Phongsaly, Xayaboury and Borikhamxay.
Four regional airports are to be upgraded as international airports; Xieng Khuang, Bokeo, Seno of Savannakhet and Attapeu.