Ministry highlights rise in direct flights with Asean countries, China

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Chinese tourists shop in a store in Siem Reap. China continues to be the Kingdom’s top tourism market.
Photo: KT/Chor Sokunthea

The number of direct flights linking Cambodian cities to destinations in Asean and China has surged in recent months, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Tourism.

In a brief report, the Ministry notes that the Kingdom is now connected with eight countries in the Asean region – Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Khek Norinda, Cambodia Airports communications director – the company that manages all three international airports in the Kingdom – told Khmer Times that the international airports in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh together handled an average of 760 flights to and from Asean destinations per week in May.

“In June, we added six weekly flights with the launch of a new route between Jakarta and Phnom Penh,” he pointed out.

The number of direct flights with China is also markedly on the rise. Cambodian airports now handle about 500 flights to and from destinations in China every week.

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation this week said Phnom Penh is connected with 23 cities in China by air, while Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are linked to 23 and 15 destinations in that country, respectively.

Nineteen airlines operate routes between the countries. 14 of these airlines are Chinese and the rest local, SSCA said.

The government believes that increasing the number of direct flights with Asean countries and China is a critical part of achieving its goal of attracting 15 million foreign tourists by 2030.

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