Visitors to Laos, flying in through Luang Prabang International Airport, can now arrive in comfort. Its new terminal is equipped with improved air conditioning, new shops, as well as a passenger's bridge that connects to a restaurant. On top of these traveller-friendly features, the terminal also includes five passport control counters, a special lane for diplomatic and official visits, and counters for those who need a Laotian visa on arrival.
Departures are also made easier with the terminal's six check-in counters. Though six doesn't seem like much, the number is sufficient to cater to the dozen or so flights that arrive in Luang Prabang daily. While the arrivals remain modest for now, the new terminal has a capacity for over a million passengers. Besides the added terminal, the airport also boasts a recently-built runway that can accommodate any type of aircraft. Currently, only four carriers serve the airport, including Lao Airlines and Lao Central Airlines.
News of the improvements at Luang Prabang International Airport, were first announced back in September 2009. The cost of the two new features was estimated at a whopping US$86.4 million. While their construction would not have been made possible without a loan from the Chinese government, the expense seems to be well worth it, as the airport's new features have been well received.