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Luang Prabang runway faces delays

posted Sep 14, 2011, 9:01 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Sep 14, 2011, 9:04 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Opening of a new runway at Luang Prabang airport has been delayed to October after officials conceded construction of important facilities was running behind schedule.

Lao News Agency quoted Luang Prabang Airport’s project manager, Sackda Soulisack, saying construction was 63% complete, but work on a flight control upgrade and a perimeter fence had fallen behind schedule.

Work started in April 2010 and should now be ready by 20 October, just before the main tourist season kicks in. A new passenger terminal will be finished by mid 2013.

The new runway is 2,900 metres long and 45 metres wide and cost US$86 million to build.

There are two phases starting with runway construction and installation of a new aviation control system and the second involves construction of an entirely new passenger terminal building.

At the moment only three airlines are serving Luang Prabang — Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways with seven flights daily to and from Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane, Pakse and Siem Reap.

The Civil Aviation Department is also conducting a study to improve airports, or build new ones, in the northern region in Xiengkhouang, Houaphanh and Bokeo provinces.

Source: TTRW