Cambodian PM Rejects Any Plans to Build New Airport in Kampong Speu Province

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has announced to reject any plans to build new airport in Kampong Speu, some 45 kilometres west of Phnom Penh capital city.

According to his official Facebook account, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said this is one of the two important points he had touched upon during the meeting with civil servants, armed forces and local authorities in Kampong Speu this morning.

No concrete plan about the new airport construction has been released yet, but the Cambodian premier made a public speech in October 2012 that under the tourism development perspective by 2030, Cambodia would build another international airport in Kampong Chhnang province, some 90 kilometres north of Phnom Penh capital city.

The new international airport would be constructed on an area of 1,463 ha to replace the Phnom Penh International Airport, which could not support the increasing number of tourists in the future, he said at that time.

Cambodia is expected to attract 7 million foreign visitors by 2020, while from 8 million to 10 million local tourists would visit different destinations in the country. This would generate some US$5 billion income per year and create about 800,000 jobs.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press