The country has several airports, but its main hubs are the Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, the capital city. Other international gateways include the Pakse International Airport and the Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang.

Wattay International, situated some 3 km outside the capital city, is one of the three international airports in Laos. There are plans of upgrading the airport, but presently it has the old domestic and international terminal still in place. The air force installation is remains untouched at the other side of the airport as well. Wattay International Airport handles both local and international flights, receiving flights in and out of Laos via Air Asia, China Eastern Airlines, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways International, and Vietnam Airlines.

Pakse International Airport, on the other hand, is in Champasak Kingdom. It used to be the southern capital city. The airport receives flights mainly from Southeast Asia, especially from neighboring countries such as Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and China.

The country's official name is the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The country used to be a French protectorate until it was granted independence in 1949. It is currently a Stalinist Republic Communist state led by Lt Gen Choummaly Savasone. Laos is a landlocked country dominated by a thick forest landscape and rugged mountain ranges. The climate is tropical and monsoonal and its large reservation area makes the country one of the prime ecological locations in the world.

The Laotian economy is heavily dependent on investment and trade with its neighbors but lacks the sufficient infrastructure to sustain long-term investment ventures. The country is still a largely subsistence economy with rice as its main agricultural product.