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Thailand, Laos, Cambodia strengthen air links.

BANGKOK, March 21 Kyodo

Thailand, Laos and Cambodia will create more air links between themselves and open an upgraded Luang Prabang airport in northern Laos, Thai Department of Aviation Deputy Director General Chaisak Angkasuwan said Wednesday.

Starting next month, Royal Phnom Penh Airways will run Bangkok-Phnom Penh flights twice daily. Thailand and Cambodia already have mutual aviation rights involving 4,200 seats per week with three Cambodian airlines and two Thai carriers.

Luang Prabang airport, for which Thailand has provided a grant of 250 million baht ($5.8 million) to expand runways and add a passenger terminal, is scheduled to open in April. Lao Aviation will start two flights a week between Luang Prabang and the northern Thai province of Nan.

Lao Transport Minister Phao Bounnaphon was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying that Lao authorities haven given approval for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Chinese and Vietnamese airlines to land at the airport.
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Date:Mar 26, 2001
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