Siem Reap Angkor International Airport has successfully completed an airport flight demonstration for non-commercial flights and is set to launch commercial aircraft in mid-October.
According to a press release on October 5, 2023, three airlines participated in the test – Sky Angkor Airlines from Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia Airways flying from Sihanoukville International Airport, and China Eastern Airlines from China’s Kunming International Airport.
“The results of the non-commercial flight demonstration of Siem Reap Angkor International are smooth and successful,” the statement said.
The demonstration is aimed to ensure that Siem Reap Angkor International Airport is technically qualified and provides ground services in accordance with international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the regulations of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation before starting to handle many national and international flights from October 16, 2023, onward, read the statement.
“This Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is a new infrastructure achievement that will contribute to the strengthening and expansion of air and passenger services from Cambodia to remote and regional areas by allowing medium and large aircraft such as Airbus 350, Airbus 330 or Boeing 787-900, due to the current Siem Reap International Airport cannot handle because the location is closest to the Angkor International Heritage Site,” said Minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation HE Mao Havannall, who inspected the airport flight demonstration.
Originally projected to require an investment capital of US$880 million in 2019, the Siem Reap Angkor International Airport project has experienced a remarkable surge in demand, necessitating an increased investment of $1.1 billion by 2022. This augmentation underscores the airport’s vital role in accommodating Cambodia’s growing travel needs and positioning it as a prominent regional aviation hub. (Read more)
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