Weekly airline seat quotas on routes between Thailand and Lao PDR have been substantially increased in a bid to promote trade, investment and tourism between the two countries.
Thai and Lao PDR officials approved, last week, a revised Thai-Lao accord that increases the ceiling on seat capacity on routes between the two countries to as many as 14,500 seats weekly depending on the route.
According to the statement, the agreement will pave the way for designated carriers, registered in both countries, to add more flights on routes that have been restricted for years.
Under ASEAN open skies policy both countries signed off on a region-wide agreement that removes restriction on flights between member countries, first at capital city level and followed by the lifting of restrictions between secondary cities.
However, bilateral agreements still stand and each country has the right to adopt ASEAN open skies at a speed they are comfortable with, or that takes into account the interests of national airlines and the ability of airports to cope with expansion.