Cambodian Airports Handle More Than 7 million Passengers Last Year

Cambodia's airports handled more than 7 million passengers and 73,000 flights movements in 2016, an increase of 8.6 and 4.5 percent respectively compared to 2015, pointed out a press release AKP received recently.

According to the same source, with the launches of direct flights by Hong Kong Airlines from Hong Kong, All Nippon Airways from Tokyo, Spring Airlines from Guangzhou, and Hainan Airlines from Sanya, Phnom Penh International Airport welcomed almost 3.4 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 10.0 percent.

In that period, Siem Reap International Airport handled almost 3.5 million passengers, growing 5.5 percent year-on-year due to additional flights of Thai Smile Airways from Bangkok, Cambodia Angkor Air to Da Nang and Hanoi, Beijing Capital Airlines from Haikou, Spring Airlines from Guangzhou and Thai Air Asia from Phuket. Although domestic travel declined against last year, international travelers maintained a steady growth for both airports.

Passenger traffic at Sihanouk International Airport increased by 65.8 percent to 156,887 passengers, spurred by ongoing international flights from China by Lucky Air, Tianjin Airlines and Sky Angkor Airlines and Vietnam by Cambodia Angkor Air, as well as a growth in domestic flights from Siem Reap.

The Phnom Penh International Airport handled more than 33,000 domestic and international flight movements while Siem Reap handled almost 38,000, an increase of 6.5 and 1.1 percent respectively compared to 2015. Although domestic travel declined, international numbers maintained a steady growth due to an additional boost from the International airlines. Sihanouk International Airport handled more than 2,600 flights movements, up 41.8 percent year-on-year spurred by ongoing international flights as well as a growth in domestic movements from Siem Reap.

Import and export tonnages in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Cargo Terminals increased by 25.0 percent to 47,571 tons in 2016.

With two additional regular freighters from Turkish Cargo and K-Mile Air and the latest entrant to a growing network of freighter operators, which includes charters freighters Emirates Sky Cargo, Air Bridge Cargo, Raya Air, Qatar Airways and Thai Express Air, import and export tonnage in Phnom Penh Cargo Terminal grew by 25.5 percent, while Siem Reap Airport Cargo Terminal rose 14.6 percent, compared to 2015.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press