The Vientiane International Airport Expansion Project has now achieved 11 percent of its contractual goals and should be complete by the beginning of 2018, according to a press release from the Embassy of Japan to Laos and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project is being financed by a concessional loan from the Japanese government of about 9 billion Japanese yen. The expansion will enlarge the existing passenger service facilities to deal with the increasing demand for air transportation and ensure passengers’ convenience and safety. It is estimated that the number of passengers will increase to about 2 million people by 2023. A ground-breaking ceremony for the start of the project took place in December 2015, attended by Laos’ Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr. Bounchanh Sinthavong and Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.