Thai AirAsia Restarts Flights to Laos

The low-cost carrier is reconnecting leisure travelers to two of the country’s most popular destinations.

Early morning at Patuxai, a monumental gateway in Vientiane, Laos. (Photo: Diy13/iStock)

AirAsia’s Thai subsidiary is making its return to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, with passengers flown from its hub at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. The budget carrier has been steadily resuming suspended routes and adding more frequencies as Thailand further loosens entry restrictions. As of June 1, quarantine requirements have been scrapped for unvaccinated travelers and those who are not fully vaccinated, although pre-departure testing still applies in those cases.

Thai AirAsia’s regular services to Vientiane have now resumed on a twice-weekly basis. Every Wednesday and Sunday, Flight FD 1040 departs Don Mueang at 12:05 p.m. and arrives in the Laotian capital at 1:15 p.m. Following a quick turnaround time, Flight FD 1041 will take off from Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport at 1:45 p.m. and return to Bangkok at 2:55 p.m.

Starting on July 2, Thai AirAsia will serve Luang Prabang three times a week; departures are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Outbound flight FD 1030 will be an early morning service, leaving Bangkok at 6:45 a.m. and touching down in Luang Prabang at 8:15 a.m. Flight FD 1031 will then depart Luang Prabang at 8:45 a.m. and land at Don Mueang at 10:10 a.m.

Thai AirAsia currently flies to eight countries on 20 routes, representing more than 20 percent of its pre-pandemic network. Apart from Laos, other nations served in the region include Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Singapore, and Vietnam. All of the routes allow for quarantine-free travel and flights strictly adhere to AirAsia’s health and safety measures.

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