SilkAir’s new service to Laos, which launched on 31 October, operates a triangle routing from Singapore to Vientiane, on to Luang Prabang and back to Singapore. The A320-flown service operates thrice-weekly and faces competition from Lao Airlines.
- SilkAir has added Laos to its regional route network with the launch on 31 October of a thrice-weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service from Singapore (SIN) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) via Vientiane (VTE). From Luang Prabang the aircraft returns straight back to Singapore. Competition is provided by Lao Airlines which also serves the same routes thrice-weekly. The regional wing of Singapore Airlines will use its A320s to serve the market. SilkAir’s CEO, Leslie Thng, noted: “Southeast Asia has always been an important market for us and with the start of flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang, we will offer travellers connectivity to every country in Southeast Asia. We believe that this new service has great potential, as more travellers turn their interest to Southeast Asia and destinations such as Laos. This new service will also allow Laotians increased connectivity to the rest of the world via Singapore.” Vote for either Luang Prabang or Vientiane’s FTWA in this week’s competition.