Lao Airports Authority (LAA)

History of Lao Airports Authority
Before 2008: Before 6 May 2008, Lao Airports Authority operated as two operators as Airport and Navigation Service provider belong to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) directly. After 2008: After 6 May 2008, Lao Airports Authority was separated to be Lao Airports Authority and Lao Air traffic Management are belong to Ministry of Public Works and Transport and operated under DCA regulation.

Airports of Laos
Operate 5 international airports as:

  • Wattay International Airport
  • Luangprabang International Airport
  • Savannakhet International Airport
  • Pakse International Airport

Operate 7 domestic airports as:

  • Oudomxay Airport
  • Xiengkhouang Airport
  • Luangnamtha Airport
  • Houayxay Airport
  • Bounnua Airport
  • Sayaboury Airport
  • Nathong Airport
  • Attapeu International Airport

Airlines Operations

  • Lao Airlines
  • Lao Skyway
  • Thai Airways
  • Bangkok Airways
  • AirAsia Berhad
  • Thai Air Asia
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Jin Air
  • T’ way
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Silk Air

Statistic of Flight Operation 2015
Statistic of Passenger:
Domestic: 221,438 Pax
International: 781,817 Pax

Statistic of aircraft movement:
Domestic: 4,328 flight
International: 10,257 flight

Statistic of air cargo:
Domestic: 3,035,254 kg
International: 3,701,545 kg

Airport Development
Developing within 5 years
Luangprabang International Airport
Attapeu Airport

Airport development to the year 2020
Wattay Internationa Airport
Nongkhang Airport at Samnua province (new operation)
Seno Airport at Savannakhet province
– The ICAO code 4c,
– with Runway length = 2,800 m, width = 45 m,
– reserve aircraft A320 or B737
– Will be reserving 600,000 Pax/year
Xiengkhuang Airport upgrading:
– Runway 2009, x 45 m;
– RFFS Cat: 7 ;
– Peak hour 360/h
– Reserve A320

The Target of Developing
Develop airport as business
Develop airport to be certified
Develop airports to support air transport infrastructure of Laos

Our fundamental safety beliefs are:
– Safety is a source of our competitive advantage;
– We will strengthen our business by making safety excellence an integral
part of all activities;
– We believe that all accidents and incidents are preventable;
– All levels of line management starting with the manager are accountable
for our safety performance.

The WIA safety approach is based on the following requirements of staff:
1. Top Management Commitment.
– Safety excellence is a component of our mission;
– Senior leaders hold line management
2. Responsibility and Accountability of all Employees.
– Safety performance is an important part of our management/ employee evaluation system;
– We recognize and reward safety performance; and
– We empower our employees to communicate any issue that has a safety impact to the Aerodrome Safety Manager.
3. Clearly Communicated Expectations.
– We expect all employees to communicate any issue having a safety impact impact to the Aerodrome Safety Manager.
4. Auditing and Measure.
– Management ensures regular safety audits are conducted and that everyone is given the opportunity to participate in the process;
– We focus our audits on the behavior of people as well as on the conditions of the operating area; and
– We establish performance indicators to help us evaluate our level of safety (refer S4.3 Review Process).
5. Responsibility of All Employees.
– All are expected to accept responsibility and accountability for their own behavior;
– All have an opportunity to participate in developing safety standards and procedures;
– We openly communicate information about safety incident and share the lessons with other;
– Each of us is concerned for the safety of others in our organization; and
– The safety of our employee, aerodrome users and suppliers is of strategic importance to the viability of aerodrome operations.

Watery International Airport Safety and Security Policy
Safety Commitment
Our organization is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment free of all recognized hazards for its employees and customers. We will provide the safest possible aerodrome to customers. In pursuing these goals, senior management will maintain an active aviation safety management program. All levels of operational management are accountable for our safety performance. All WIA personnel and contractors are expected to participate in the program and take an active role in the identification, reduction, and elimination of hazards.

Among our core values, we include:

  • Safety, health and the environment
  • Ethical behavior
  • Valuing people

Policing Authority
1. The policing authority at international and domestic airports in Lao PDR is vested in the Department of Public Security is responsible for the provision of police functions and activities in Lao PDR to protect civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference.
2. Specific responsibilities of the Department of Public Security in the area of aviation security are as follows:

  • Prevention and detection of crime at aviation facilities;
  • Surveillance of arriving and departing passenger for persons who may pose a threat to civil aviation; and
  • Contingency planning with relevant agencies for response to and control of acts of hijacking, sabotage, bomb or other threats, ground attacks, civil disorder and natural disaster.