Laos Military Air Bases and Airfields
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This page gives details of some of the air bases and airfields which are, or have been, used by the Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force and it's predecessors.

Attopeu (ICAO Code: VLAP, IATA code: AOU)
Attopeu Airport is located in the very south of the country, towards the Cambodian border. Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 4820 ft, Elev: 344 ft, Location: 106 49' 0" E, 14 48' 0" N.

Ban Houei Sai (ICAO code: VLHS, IATA code: OUI)
Also spelled, Ban Houay Xay and Ban Houeisay, this airfield is located in the north west of the country, close to Thai border. Date of construction not known, but it has been used since at least 1982.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 4900 ft, Elev: ? ft.

Houeisay (IATA code: HOE)
Houeisay Airport (also spelled Houay Xay) is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian and LPLAAF use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 103 45' 0" E, 20 30' 0" N.

Khong (IATA code: KOG)
Khong Airport is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian used.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: 3937 ft, Elev: 250 ft, Location: 105 50' 0" E, 14 6' 0" N.

Long Tieng
Long Tieng was located in 'Military Region II'. It was used by 1968 for T-28 operations. Date of construction not known. No longer used.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Luang Namtha (ICAO Code: VLLN, IATA code: LXG)
Luang Namtha Airport is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 4330 ft, Elev: 1968 ft, Location: 101 24' 0" E, 20 58' 0" N.

Luang Prabang (ICAO Code: VLLB, IATA code: LPQ)
Luang Prabang Airport is located in the centre of the northern region, close to the Plain of Jars. Date of construction not known, but it has been used since at least 1959. It is in current civilian and LPLAAF use. It houses the regional military HQ.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 6070 ft, Elev: 978 ft, Location: 102 9' 0" E, 19 54' 0" N.

Muang Vang Viang (ICAO code: ?)
Also known as Vang Vieng, this airfield is located midway between Luang Prabang and Vientiane, in the north of the country. Date of construction not known, but it has been used since at least 1982. It is in current civilian and LPLAAF use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Muong Sai (IATA code: UON)
Muong Sai is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: 3380 ft, Elev: 2067 ft, Location: 102 0' 0" E, 20 49' 0" N.

Oudomxay (ICAO Code: VLOS, IATA code: ODY)
Oudomxay Airport is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 3900 ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 104 10' 0" E, 20 35' 0" N.

Paksane (IATA code: PKS)
Paksane is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian and LPLAAF use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 103 39' 0" E, 18 22' 0" N.

Pakse (ICAO Code: VLPS, IATA code: PKZ) Aerial view
Pakse(or Pakxe) Airport is located in the south of the country, south of Savannakhet, south west of Saravane, close to the Thai border. Date of construction not known, but it has been used since at least 1959. It is big enough for large transport aircraft. It is still used by civilian and LPLAAF aircraft. It houses the regional military HQ.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 5330 ft, Elev: 330 ft ft, Location: 105 47' 0" E, 15 8' 0" N.

Phonsavan Aerial view
Phonosavan (or Phonsavanh) is located on the Plain of Jars in north-central Laos. It was constructed in the mid 1970s to replace Xieng Khouang. It was used as a MiG-21 fighter base. It houses the regional military HQ.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Sam Neua (ICAO Code: VLSN, IATA code: NEU)
Sam Neua Airport is located in the north east of the country, towards the Vietnam border. Date of construction not known. It is currently in civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 3400 ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 104 4' 0" E, 20 25' 0" N.

Saravane (ICAO Code: VLSV, IATA code: VNA)
Saravane is located in the centre of the southern region. Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 3477 ft, Elev: 574 ft, Location: 106 24' 0" E, 15 43' 0" N.

Savannakhet (ICAO code: VLSK, IATA code: ZVK)
Savannakhet Airport is located in the south west of the country, south of Thakhet, close to the Thai border. Date of construction not known, but it has been used since at least 1963. It was home to the RLAF Pilot Training School T-41Ds. It is still used by civilian and LPLAAF aircraft. It houses the regional military HQ.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 5350 ft, Elev: 509 ft, 104 45' 0" E, 16 32' 0" N.

Sayaboury (ICAO Code: VLSB, IATA code: ZBY)
Sayaboury Airport is located where? Date of construction not known. It is currently in civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 4195 ft, Elev: 950 ft, Location: 101 42' 0" E, 19 15' 0" N.

Seno (IATA code: SND)
Seno (or Xeno) is located in the south west, close to the Thai border, near Savannakhet. Date of construction not known, but it was first used by the AL in 1958. The name Seno was derived from the French names of the four compass directions, Sud, Est, Nord and Ouest. It is in current civilian use. It is big enough for large transport aircraft.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 3940 ft, Elev: 607 ft, Location: 105 1' 0" E, 16 40' 0" N.

Thakhek (ICAO code: VLTK, IATA code: THK)
Thakhek is located on the Thai border in the south of the country. Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Unpaved Rwy ?/?, Size: 4500 ft, Elev: ? ft.

Udomxay (IATA code: UDO)
Udomxay is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 103 49' 0" E, 19 8' 0" N.

Vangrieng (IATA code: VGG)
Vangrieng is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Viengxay (IATA code: VNG)
Viengxay is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian used.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Vientiane-Wattay (ICAO code: VLVT, IATA code: VTE) Aerial view
Also known as Viangchan-Wattay, Wattay International Airport is the only international airport for Laos. It is located 6 km to the west of the Vientiane city centre. It was originally built by the French, and has been used since at least 1958. It is home to much of the LPLAAF, including one MiG-21 interceptor squadron (when it was operational) and the VIP Transport Squadron. It is also home to Lao Airlines - the state domestic airline.
Runway data: Paved Rwy ?/?, Size: 10499 ft, Elev: 559 ft, Location: 102 34' 0" E, 17 59' 0" N.

Xayabury (IATA code: XAY)
Xayabury is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: ? ft, Elev: ? ft, Location: 104 43' 0" E, 18 40' 0" N.

Xieng Khouang (ICAO code: VLXK, IATA code: XKH)
Also known as Chieng Khouang, Xieng Khouang is located south east of Luang Prabang, towards the Vietnamese border. Date of construction not known. It was used since at least 1958. It was completely destroyed in the Vietnam War and went out of military by 1977.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: 10500 ft, Elev: 3500 ft, Location: 103 0' 0" E, 19 30' 0" N.

Xieng Lom (IATA code: XIE)
Xieng Lom is located where? Date of construction not known. It is in current civilian use.
Runway data: Rwy ?/?, Size: 3400 ft, Elev: 2050 ft, Location: 100 49' 30" E, 19 37' 0" N.


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