LATE MARCH 30: Laos Airport, a popular tourist destination in the north of the country, has been closed to the public and closed to public transport.
(Reuters photo: Hui Pham) The capital of Laos, Phnom Penh, is also closed.
The airport is set to reopen early next week, but not everyone will be able to travel through the airport.
Laos is a popular destination in northern Laos and has a long history of flights between the capital and Bangkok.
There is a direct flight from Bangkok to the capital from Phnom Padhong.
The route is a link between Laos and Thailand.
But the airport, which was built in 1954, has only been open to international visitors since 2011.
A flight to Phnom Phu, the capital of Cambodia, was suspended on Friday due to a fire at the runway.
On Saturday, officials said the fire was extinguished but that the runway would remain closed for the remainder of the day.
There are reports of smoke from a power line, fire engines and helicopters.
The airport is located on the border between Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, where the countries share the border.
Phnom Penhu is the gateway to Laos and Cambodia.
Laos, which borders Cambodia, has more than 8 million inhabitants and Cambodia, which shares the border with Thailand, has almost 4 million inhabitants.
The two countries are in the midst of a conflict over the disputed Spratly Islands, which the United States claims as part of its sovereign territory.
For the past two years, a large number of international travellers have been coming through the airfield to catch flights from Thailand to Phom Penh.
It was closed for several days earlier this month due to smoke from an electricity line.
Some travellers who have made the trip have been forced to cancel their flights.
“We have to make a choice, and we have to decide how to spend our time, or stay home and see what’s happening,” said Kwek Wengthak, a 22-year-old student from Vietnam.
An international airline, Air Lao, has offered to fly travellers to Phu Bai to reschedule their flights, but they have yet to make the same offer.
Kwek, who has been to Thailand three times before, said she plans to travel to Phan Phu province in Laos.
She will then visit Phan Tham province in Cambodia, where she hopes to buy a passport.
In Thailand, some travellers have taken to social media to express their frustration at the situation.
We are being treated like dogs, one user posted.
“They have to go and deal with the situation themselves,” another user said.
Air Lao’s CEO, Nguyen Xuan Thanh, told Reuters news agency that the airline was taking measures to ensure travellers’ safety.
He said Air Laos has already cancelled some of its flights in the region to make up for the closure.
“We are trying to reduce the number of flights to the region, and to make sure travellers have the necessary information to get out safely,” Thanh said.
The airfield is owned by the Laos Tourism Organization, which is run by the government.
It has faced criticism for its lack of security measures, which have included the use of CCTV cameras and manned checkpoints.
In 2012, a number of deaths were reported after a fire broke out at the airbase, which had been used as a base for the Vietnamese and Cambodian army to wage war against the South Vietnamese army.