Sihanoukville International Airport Expands Its Terminal

The Sihanoukville International Airport began its terminal expansion to cope with current solid passenger arrivals and in anticipation of their continued growth, said the press release of Cambodia Aiports AKP received this morning.

Works for the extension of the airport's passenger terminal was launched during a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An on Dec. 24, it pointed out.

Mr. Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Concessions, Chairman of VINCI Airports, the parent company of Cambodia Airports, said that with the arrivals of new carriers and the opening of scheduled international flights all happening this year, Sihanoukville International Airport is entering a new era.

"The investment that we are incurring for upgrading its facilities is part of the US$2-billion investment programme planned for the development of Cambodia's network of international airports through 2040," he underlined.

According to the press release, last October, the airport reached a new stage of its nascent history by breaking the 100,000th passenger mark. The number of passengers for 2016 is expected to total 150,000, a 54 percent growth compared to the year before.

The facilities enhancement programme, scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017 or in early 2018, includes the extension of the current terminal by 80 percent, from 2,700 sqm to 4,800 sqm, to cater to 500,000 passengers/year; and full renovation of the existing building

The added surface will be instrumental in improving the overall airport experience by speeding up airport process (check-in, boarding, baggage delivery) and with the introduction of new shops, Food & Beverage outlets, and services.

Concurrently, Cambodia Airports, the developer and operator of Sihanouk International Airport, is carrying out works on the airside facilities consisting of building a new taxiway to improve airside capacity and accommodate larger aircraft (Class 4E); designing and planning works to strengthen and widen the existing runway; and launching preliminary studies and works for the runway extension to handle larger aircraft (Class 4E).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press