DPM Sok An: Direct Flights Will Promote Tourism and Related Sectors

Direct flights between Phnom Penh and Tokyo will significantly promote tourism and related sectors of the two countries, especially Japanese tourists to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The remarks were made by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers at the Ceremony of Conferment of Landing Permit for Direct Flights between Tokyo and Phnom Penh upon Japanese Air Carrier - All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. held in Phnom Penh on May 26.

"Today marks an important occasion that the Air Services Agreement signed on Jan. 14, 2015 has entered into force in light of the exchange of diplomatic notes between the two ministries of foreign affairs. The agreement provides fair and equal commercial opportunities and ensures aviation safety and security to all operating air carriers from both sides," he said.

The Cambodian DPM expressed his conviction that the direct flights between the two capital cities will play a key role in promoting further growth of air transport, tourism, trade, culture and people-to-people connectivity between the two countries.

The first direct flight will commence on Sept. 1, 2016 with 7 flights per week by using the most advanced aircraft - The Boeing 787, he underlined.

According to H.E. Sok An, air transport has played a significant role in the Cambodia's economic activities, and it remains one of the fastest growing sectors. Last year, Phnom Penh International Airport welcomed more than 3 million passengers, an increase of 15.5 percent compared to 2014. Siem Reap International Airport welcomed more than 3.3 million passengers, a 9 percent increase compared to 2014. In total, in the year of 2015, Cambodia welcomed 6.3 million air passengers from 119 airports in 43 countries. This is an over 12 percent increase if compared to 2014. It is forecasted that air passengers passing through Phnom Penh International Airport will exceed 4.2 million and Siem Reap International Airport will grow close to 5 million by 2020. In support of the ASEAN Aviation Single Market, Cambodia has completed its extension of both passenger and cargo terminals to accommodate the growing demand for air transport.

At present, he added, Cambodia's three International Airports, namely Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk are serving 29 foreign and 4 local carriers, providing more than 200 flights per day. All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be the 30th foreign airline operating into the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Source: AKP