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Ministry demarcates new Vientiane airport

 

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has completed the demarcation of an area surrounding Km 21 village as the proposed site of Vientiane 's new international airport.

The ministry has installed several signs instructing local residents not to build any permanent structures and to be prepared to leave the area when the government begins construction of the airport.

It has also requested nearby residents not to construct any tall buildings that might obstruct the flight path of planes using the airport.

The Director General of the ministry's Civil Aviation Department, Mr Yakua Lopangkao, confirmed on Thursday that the demarcation of the site in Xaythany district, 21 km south-east of Vientiane , had been completed.

“This is an early warning to local residents not to embark on any long-term investments in the area,” he said. “However, people can still grow crops and carry on with business for some time yet.”

The government began planning the development in 1995 and selected Km 21 as the location of the new airport, but many residents were inadequately informed of the plan.

Mr Yakua said the installation of the signs was only to inform locals of the proposed development and did not mean the government would start construction in the immediate future.

He explained that the authorities had experienced difficulties relocating people from other planned development sites in the past as some of them had built permanent homes and businesses in the area and were disinclined to leave, and the authorities had not offered appropriate compensation.

He said that if the authorities had issued adequate warnings of their intentions and people ignored them, the authorities were not obliged to offer compensation.

Deputy Director General of the department, Mr Vanpheng Chanthaphone, said on Thursday that the planned site covered 24 sq km, much larger than the current Wattay International Airport , which is only 10 sq km.

Mr Vanpheng, who is also Head of the Airport Division, said the government had formulated a master plan for the development, with a deadline of 2015 for the government to begin feasibility studies.

He said Wattay International Airport would be able to provide adequate services for the increasing number of passengers until the new airport was built.

In 2006, Wattay International Airport serviced 457,160 passengers and 1.4 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport each year by 2013.

Mr Vanpheng said that when this figure reached 1.5 million a year, the airport's facilities would be overstretched.

He said that the increasing number of flights would create undue noise pollution in Vientiane and so the government had decided to move the airport away from the city.

There are currently six carriers operating flights to and from Vientiane : Lao Airlines, Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

By Ekaphone Phouthonesy

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i wonder which country is going to help building it..  i know that japan help upgrade the old airport to the current structures.  i hope lao would just take the lead and plan to built it..... without other countries helps and financial aids..  with all those tourists and taxes, lao government should be able to build a new airport by themself.

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i wonder which country is going to help building it.. i know that japan help upgrade the old airport to the current structures. i hope lao would just take the lead and plan to built it..... without other countries helps and financial aids.. with all those tourists and taxes, lao government should be able to build a new airport by themself.




I doubt if Laos have any experience for this kind of work.

IF Laos have a engineering and construction company with tools and capability to do this...no problem. Contract few people with skills and experience from either Japan, China, Thailand, ect...Let them supervise or be and advisor on few projects. Mean time Lao people work alongside BOOM few sseveral projects Lao people can do it themselves......but it will still be a good idea to have those advisors around for the time being.



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maybe japan can build it. but not even china or thai. Thai new airport was build by belgium company cost over 4 bil dollars.  If laos want to build new airport is would be a mistake. VTe airport not many people using it why they want to build another one.

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r u kidding me not many people use vientiane airport? dude tourism is growing fast in laos and laos needs a good international airport anyways

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For Now I think Lao Need To Speed Up At Imigration and Custom Services ,it Take forever to go through those 2 line?


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" ....He said that the increasing number of flights would create undue noise pollution in Vientiane and so the government had decided to move the airport away from the city."


Oh yes, this is a good idea. Noise pollution makes people ill.


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No matter who will build, as long as the quality is in a high or world standard and serve for at least for 100 years, it would be fine for Lao people. That should be a new concept for those who want Laos to be prosperous.

Our old concept was "let Lao people do even with a lower quality, no need world standard. Here is Laos. Do as we can = Hed Beb Lao Lao". That was why Laos had to build the old thing again and again. That was why our structures and buildings were outdated too soon. Look on the new Wattai airport as an example. 
 
The new Wattai airport has used just for about 12 years, now we need to build another new airport again. After the new airport built, the Wattai one would be forgotten, probably. Better no needed to build the new Wattai aiport, Laos should have started building the new airport in KM21 since long time ago.

We Lao people have too short sigh. We build thing just for tomorrow, but not for century. Perhaps, we are too nationalist, if not too proud to be ourselves. 

Like this Laos would be poor forever.

Some may not like my idea, but that is just my opinion.   
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well said to the person before me.
laos is improving itself weather people like it or nott offcourse there will be some negatives but damn lets move forward. dont just stay at the same spott.

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SeeHarHed wrote:

i wonder which country is going to help building it..  i know that japan help upgrade the old airport to the current structures.  i hope lao would just take the lead and plan to built it..... without other countries helps and financial aids..  with all those tourists and taxes, lao government should be able to build a new airport by themself.



if other country want to help laos build a new  airport and finacial aids. what is wrong with that . oh by the way you guys din't live in Laos anyway



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SeeHarHed wrote:

i wonder which country is going to help building it..  i know that japan help upgrade the old airport to the current structures.  i hope lao would just take the lead and plan to built it..... without other countries helps and financial aids..  with all those tourists and taxes, lao government should be able to build a new airport by themself.



if other country want to help laos build a new  airport and finacial aids. what is wrong with that . oh by the way you guys din't live in Laos anyway



there's nothing wrong with that!!!  but... my point is...  laos got to take a lead and run with it.  how are you going to learn anything? if you never even try to do it??  why does even matter if i live in Laos or not???  stop being so narrow minded!!!



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I dont think is really matter of having a big Airport in laos. WHere is all the big Airplane is going to be land it?
Even we have a small one now as WATTAY Airport, so as can see how many airplane were land it in a day?

Since our laos country become a communist state, no1 wouls wants to do the business with.

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Yes!!! it does matter whether Laos have bigger airport or not.  Eventually, the current airport will be too small.  You might not need it today or next year, but you have to plan ahead.  Laos needs to follow their big brother Vietnam.  They will eventually have to sign some sort of Trade Agreement and join WTO.  Once that happen Laos will be booming like you never seen it before.

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Yeah, I like to see what part of land are they going to up for building the new airport?another Bung That Luang?

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KM21... doesn't seem like another bueng that luang to me?



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A big concerned on the people whom owned the land in KM 21. Is the government going to pay for the land?.

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Ask South Korean companies to help build the new airport. They can do a better job.

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it will be the same as in the USA to buy a house cash without mortgage.
why ai SHH do you want laos to do that?
even US government took a loan from china to payback to the taxpayer.
i hope you got your check for $600 did you.

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it will be the same as in the USA to buy a house cash without mortgage.
why ai SHH do you want laos to do that?
even US government took a loan from china to payback to the taxpayer.
i hope you got your check for $600 did you.

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huh??? are you talking to me???  if you are... what are you asking again?? why do i want loas to do what now?? i'm little lost.. i tried to go back and re-read some of previous blogs..   are you trying to refer back to what i said earlier??? hhmmmm..

to answer you question.... NO!!! i didnt get any check for $600.... but...  i did received $600 direct deposit to my bank account back in May... thanks to Uncle Sam, that $600 went toward my new iPhone and accessories..  i should of kept half and bought APL stock with the $$ hahahhaha



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The current airport can handle the traffic, (not one aircraft in parking ramp ?)



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