Source: Vientiane Times
Lao Airlines has resumed flights between Luang Prabang province and Changsha in Hunan province, China, after services were suspended in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Governor of Luang Prabang province, Mr. Khamkhan Chanthavisouk, said the service was initiated in 2018, but had to be cancelled two years later when international travel restrictions came into force.
Starting from September 6, weekly flights between the two cities will serve to enhance connectivity between Laos and China and beyond, as well as strengthen ties between Luang Prabang province and Hunan province in the fields of trade, investment, culture, tourism and other areas of cooperation, he added.
The Director of Lao Airlines’ Commercial Department, Mr. Noudeng Chanthaphasouk, said flights will depart from Luang Prabang on Wednesday each week at 1:10pm and arrive in Changsha at 4:30pm. The return flight departs Changsha at 5:30pm and arrives in Luang Prabang at 6:30pm.
On the same day, passengers can take flight QV107 from Vientiane departing at 11:30am and arriving in Luang Prabang at 12:10pm, enabling connection with flight QV857 to Changsha.
In the reverse direction, passengers traveling from Changsha can take flight QV858 from Changsha departing at 5:30pm and arriving in Luang Prabang at 6:30pm to get the connecting flight QV108 to Vientiane, which departs from Luang Prabang at 7:30pm.
A ceremony to mark the resumption of the route took place at Luang Prabang International Airport on September 6, attended by former Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Somsavath Lengsavath, Luang Prabang provincial Governor Mr. Khamkhan Chanthavisouk, Hunan provincial Governor Mr. Mao Weiming, and government leaders from northern provinces in Laos and Hunan province.
Since Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted, Lao Airlines has resumed international flights to Bangkok in Thailand; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam; Kunming in Yunnan province, Guangzhou in Guangdong province, Changsha in Hunan province and Chengdu in Sichuan province in China; and Incheon in the Republic of Korea, according to the airline’s Commercial Department.