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Siem Reap International Airport Phnom Penh International Airport Sihanouk International Airport
Volume 12/16 January 27, 2017

Cambodia Airports handled more than 7 million passengers in 2016

Cambodia Airports handled more than 7 million passengers and 73,000 flights movements in 2016, an increase of 8.6% and 4.5% respectively compared to 2015.

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

On December 24, just seven days’ shy of the New Year, Sihanouk International Airport kicked off the groundbreaking ceremony for the extension/renovation works of the airport's terminal, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister SOK An. The ambitious investment program aims at enlarging facilities to handle the growth of passenger arrivals.

The event coincided with a period during which the Sea Festival in Sihanoukville organized by the Ministry of Tourism from 23-25 December. A booth reproducing the facade of the future airport's terminal was installed at the event to showcase the extension/renovation terminal project. Cambodia Airports staff at the booth welcomed Samdech HUN Sen who made a long stop at the venue.


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% while Siem Reap International Airport handled almost 3.5 million passengers, growing 5.5% 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% 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.
Flights Movements
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% 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% year-on-year spurred by ongoing international flights as well as a growth in domestic movements from Siem Reap.
With 2 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%, while Siem Reap Airport Cargo Terminal rose 14.6%, compared to 2015.
Chinese, American, Malaysian, South Korean and Thai visitors are the top 5 arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport with the increase of 23.8%, 8.3%, 1.4%, 6.4% and 24.4% respectively compared to 2015. Japanese and Indian are ranked in the top 15 of visitors with the increase of 17.2% and 23.4% respectively.
With more regular and charters flights from China, Chinese is ranked in first position of the top 5 nationalities arriving at Siem Reap International Airport with the increase of 18.8% in 2016. South Korean and Japanese visitors ranked in the second and fourth position with the remarkably decrease of 13.9% and 12.3% respectively. Spanish, Thai and Indian are ranked in the top 15 of visitors with the increase of 22.9%, 26.4 and 26.5% respectively.


Thai Smile Airways, a regional subsidiary of Thai Airways, launched 10 weekly direct flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Siem Reap International Airport on February 1, 2016 using Air Bus A320 with 174 seats.

The Bangkok-Siem Reap route is currently offered the services by a full-service regional airline, Bangkok Airways, a low-cost carrier (LCC), Thai AirAsia and the Kingdom’s flagship carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air.
Hong Kong Airlines officially launched thrice-weekly flight service to Phnom Penh on February 27, 2016.

The new service to Cambodia further strengthens the airline’s network in Asia and offer more choices and greater convenience to passengers travelling to and from Cambodia.

Hong Kong Airlines would be the third airline based in Hong Kong connects to Cambodia service, adding to Dragonair, now rebranded to Cathaydragon, and Hong Kong Express.
Istanbul-based, Turkish Cargo, a division of Turkish Airlines, started 2 flights per week freighter operations from Istanbul to Phnom Penh via Bahrain on May 28, 2016 with A330-200F.
Cambodia Flag Carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air added 3 new International routes to its networks in 2016.

The first one was Sihanoukville - Ho Chiminh City which started on June 17, 2016 with five flights per week using AT7 of 68 seating. This new route enabled tourists and businessmen to travel directly from Sihanoukville to the Southern city of Vietnam.

The second one was a trice weekly flights from Cambodia's tourist destination, Siem Reap - Da Nang on July 01, 2016. Passengers travelling from Siem Reap to Da Nang are able to link to other destinations in Vietnam on code-share flights with Vietnam Airlines.

The third one was the resume of a daily flights from Siem Reap - Hanoi started operations on October 30, 2016 after it ceased operations in the previous season.
Due to the demand of cargo capacity to export garments to European Community and the US, a Thai Cargo Airlines based at Bankok-Suvarnabhumi Airport , K-Mile Air, operates five flights per week Phnom Penh - Bangkok on July 04, 2016.
Beijing Capital Airlines, began operating twice weekly direct flights linking Haikou - Siem Reap on July 19, 2016.

On July 21, 2016 this airlines started once weekly scheduled flights service from Haikou - Phnom Penh.

Chinese tourists enjoy visa-on-arrival services in Cambodia, which boosts tourist for both destinations, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) started a daily regular flight Phnom Penh - Tokyo-Narita, with Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner on September 01, 2016.

The new direct commercial fight commenced after Cambodia and Japan signed the Air Service Agreement in May.
Spring Airlines started trice weekly flights from Guangzhou to Siem Reap on September 09, 2016 with A320.

The Airlines also launched trice weekly flights from Guangzhou to Phnom Penh on September 30, 2016 with the same aircraft type.

Spring Airlines is the second Chinese carrier operates regular direct flights between Guangzhou and Phnom Penh after China Southern Airlines which is operating double daily with A320 and A321.
Tianjin Airlines started 2 flights per day and 2 days per week, every Tuesday and Thursday, from Xi'an Xianyang and Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airports to Sihanouk International Airport on September 22, 2016.

The air services linked between Cambodia's Coastal Region and Northern Region of China commenced after the airlines started regular scheduled flight to Phnom Penh in 2013 and to Siem Reap in 2014.
A South Korean low-cost carrier and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, Air Seoul started four flights a week with Airbus A321 from Seoul-Incheon to Siem Reap-Angkor on October 08, 2016.

Air Seoul started operations to this tourist destination after Asiana Airlines has ended flight operations between Seoul and Siem Reap.
Siem Reap International Airport welcomed first daily direct flight from Phuket on November 07, 2016 by Thai Air Asia with A320.

The launching of daily direct flight between Siem Reap and Phuket is stimulating the tourism traffic for both cities.
Lucky Air, Lucky Air started 3 direct flights per week from Kunming Changshui International Airport to Siem Reap International Airport on December 14, 2016.

The airlines operated direct twice-weekly services from Kunming to Sihanoukville in November 2015.
Haikou-based, Hunan Airlines started twice weekly direct flights from Sanya Phoenix International Airport to Phnom Penh International Airport on December 30, 2016 with Boeing B737.

The airline planned once weekly direct flight from the same city of China to Siem Reap International Airport in January 2017.

To meet the demands of rapidly growing passenger numbers in Cambodia, Cambodia Airports, representing an investment of over $100 million for VINCI Airports, began terminals expansion of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports in the second half of 2015.

The extension scheme brings the overall passenger capacity of the 2 airports up to 10 million. The surface areas of 31,000 square meters at Phnom Penh and 26,000 square meters at Siem Reap are added.

The new terminals offer passengers the very latest in facilities and services:
additional check-in desks, immigration counters, and a latest-generation baggage conveyor system. With security a key concern, the terminals feature added X-ray scanners along with an ultra-sophisticated system for detecting and neutralizing explosive devices in hold baggage and the Premium Lounges, operated by Plaza Premium Group. The Lounges offer comfortable seating, freshly prepared hot meals and a wide selection of beverage options, shower facilities with amenities, VIP room, massage treatment services, recharging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The terminals expansions officially inaugurated by Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, at Phnom Penh International Airport on 16 March 2016.

To further boost air connectivity to the Coastal Region, Cambodia Airports has extended the operational hours of Sihanouk International Airport from 6 AM to midnight.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the extension/renovation works of Sihanouk International Airport, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister SOK An, held on December 24, just seven days shy of the New Year.

The ambitious investment program aims at enlarging facilities to handle the growth of passenger arrivals and increase the terminal capacity to welcome more and bigger aircraft.

Cambodia Airports also complements its existing ground-handling incentive scheme with a new Passenger Marketing initiative to shares the risks with airline partners to collectively grow tourism arrivals into Sihanoukville. "Any carrier departing internationally from Sihanouk International Airport on a regular schedule within at least one season (Summer or Winter) will receive a marketing subsidy of USD10 per International Departing Passenger".

Meeting with potential and airlines customers are very focal for new routes and increasing capacity developments.
Routes Development Forum is the platform where airlines and airports decision makers met and discussed on their respective future development plans.

In 2016, Cambodia Airports Delegates attended Routes Asia in Manila and World Routes in Chengdu to meet with the potential airlines.

The primary objective of attending Routes Development Forums is to attract air services from ASEAN countries, India-Sub Continent and North Asia, apart from maintaining the strong growth to Cambodia's extensive airports network.

To promote and deepen awareness of Cambodia, Cambodia Airports, in partnership with Ministry of Tourism and Industry
Stakeholders participated in several Tourism Fairs, organized Familiarization Trips and Roadshows in 2016. Hundreds of Outbound Tours Operators from ASEAN countries, India-Sub Continent and North Asia invited to attend the events.

The events provided a platform for participants to meet their Cambodian counterparts and share information with the aim of boosting visitors arrivals into Cambodia.

A tri-city tourism roadshow – from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of the East, to Hyderabad, the affluent capital of the
Telangana state, and to Mumbai, the commercial powerhouse of India, to promote Cambodia to Indian outbound operators.

The Ministry of Tourism presented the participants with information and video clips about the Cambodian destination, covering an attractive tourism package including the famed Angkor Watt Temple - the largest Hindu monument in the world - and the Kingdom’s lesser known attractions that hold considerable potential.

To continue highlighting its untapped tourism potential destination, Cambodia Airports, Cambodia Airports shared information about the flight connectivity into the country to facilitate higher tourism flows between the countries.


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