Cambodia Airports handles 8.8M passengers, ready for future growth

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Departure hall of Phnom Penh airport adorned with the Artisans d’Angkor fresco.

Cambodia Airports, the developer and operator of the Kingdom’s three international airports, has invested heavily in developing airport infrastructure to handle a surge in passenger and cargo traffic, and to prepare for future growth.

Last year, the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville received a combined 8.8 million passengers, a 25 percent year-on-year increase. At the same time, cargo shipments grew by almost 40 percent to a record 65,000 tonnes.

Eric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, says the huge increases did not come by accident, but rather were the result of a successful strategy to develop air connectivity and provide sufficient airport infrastructure to handle the growth.

“On one end, it was the materialisation of what Cambodia Airports laid out with the Ministry of Tourism and all stakeholders in the tourism industry,” he says, noting that efforts to promote Cambodia as a destination have yielded nearly a decade of double-digit tourism growth. “It was also the result of our development strategies that aimed to welcome more airlines, open new routes and increase frequencies.”

Upgrading infrastructure

Infrastructure has been at the core of Cambodia Airports’ airport development strategy since 1995. The company, majority owned by VINCI Airports, a subsidiary of France’s VINCI Group that is dedicated to airport management, holds a concession to operate the international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and has allocated $2 billion to develop the airport network by the end of its concession period in 2040.

Last year, Cambodia Airports completed a $100 million upgrade of the terminals at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports, doubling their capacity to handle over 10 million passengers a year and adding new services.

The second phase of this expansion, commissioned last December, extended the boarding concourse, provided new arrival areas and improved the domestic departure terminal.

A renovation of Sihanoukville’s airport is currently underway and expected to be completed in the coming months. The project is expanding the terminal to handle more passengers and provide a wider range of services, as well as extending and reinforcing the airport’s runway and apron to accommodate bigger aircraft. Upon completion, the airport will be able to handle over half a million passengers a year and accommodate widebody aircraft.

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