China Funds Laos Airport Expansion

2 June 2010 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2010 18:30)

Laos has received a low-interest loan from China to upgrade Luang Prabang International Airport to accommodate increased passenger traffic. The airport expansion, expected to be complete in 52 months, will cost over $86m, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. It will include t

Laos has received a low-interest loan from China to upgrade Luang Prabang International Airport to accommodate increased passenger traffic.

The airport expansion, expected to be complete in 52 months, will cost over $86m, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

It will include the construction of a new concrete runway, measuring 2,900m by 45m, and a new 9,800m² terminal to accommodate Boeing 737s and Airbus 320s.

Currently, the airport's 2,200m runway can only accommodate 72 and 60-seat ATR aircraft.