The Laos Government has begun land acquisition around the Luang Prabang Airport as part of its airport expansion project.
The airport expansion work, scheduled for completion in 2013, will include the construction of a 3,000m runway to accommodate larger aircraft similar to the Airbus A380, according to Vientiane Times.
The airport construction project will cost 736b kip (US$86.4m), which will be financed by a special credit loan from the Chinese Government.
Luang Prabang deputy governor Khampheng Saysompheng said 500 families would be relocated from the construction site adjacent to the existing airport in Laos' ancient capital and a major tourism attraction.
"Four Boeing aircraft and seven ATR planes will be able to park at the same time," Khampheng said.