Ruili Airlines adds Phnom Penh service

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Ruili Airlines based in Yunnan province, China, has started a new service to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Tourism officials from Cambodia attending the Mekong Tourism Forum said it would boost tourism from Yunnan province, which is part of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

“It will fill in a network gap as we lack air connectivity between Kunming and Phnom Penh, which is one of the closest Chinese cities to Cambodia,” the official told TTR Weekly.

Ruili Airlines started the service mid-June flying daily and using a 144-seat Boeing 737.

However, effective 13 July, the Kunming-Phnom Penh route will be served by the larger 186-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, on a three weekly schedule.

As of 13 July the flight will depart Kunming at 1440 and arrive in Phnom Penh at 1750 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Yunnan province will host the Mekong Tourism Forum in 2019 in Dali. The provincial authorities have yet to announce firm dates for the event, but it will be held in May to avoid clashes with other regional events such as the Thailand Travel Mart.

Ruili Airlines is based at Kunming Changshui International Airport and serves mainly domestic routes, but is expanding its international services mainly to Southeast Asia, using Boeing 737 aircraft.

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