MIAMI – Lao Airlines (QV) has halted charter flights to reduce the risk of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Laos.
The last QV charter flight bringing South Korean tourists home left from Vientiane (VTE), Laos before arriving in Seoul (ICN), South Korea on December 26.
Director of the Commercial Department at QV Noudeng Chanthaphasouk said the airline is ” suspending all charter flights based on an order from the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.”
A Limited International Offering
Lao Airlines at the moment has a limited international offering, with an ongoing service from VTE to Kunming (KMG), China serving as the only international flight for the airline.
Noudeng further added that the “planes used on the Vientiane-Kunming route are thoroughly cleaned after passengers disembark to ensure the safety of both passengers and crew.”
Furthermore, he stated that the airline is following government regulations and is uncertain regarding “how long charter flights will be suspended.”
With just 41 official COVID-19 cases in Laos, QV will likely be required to continue operating without an international charter service.
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