Cambodia’s Skies See Soaring Passenger Numbers

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's aviation industry is experiencing a strong comeback! In the first four months of 2024, a whopping 2 million passengers have traveled through the country's international airports. This is a significant 25% increase compared to the same period in 2023.

Currently, Cambodia boasts 31 domestic and foreign airlines operating flights from various destinations, including 8 ASEAN countries, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers can fly into one of Cambodia's three international airports: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI), and Sihanouk International Airport ().

Last year Cambodia welcomed over 5.1 million air passengers, a remarkable 115% increase from 2022. The future looks even brighter with the upcoming scheduled to open for business in mid-2025. This new airport, located in Kandal and Tekeo provinces, will further boost Cambodia's aviation industry.

“These figures are a clear sign that Cambodia's aviation industry is recovering well from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said H.E. Mao Havannal, Minister in Charge of State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, during a recent visit to the under-construction Techo International Airport.

Cambodia's famed Angkor Archaeological Park received 421,379 foreign tourists in the same period of the year, earning almost US$20 million from ticket sales, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise said recently.

The figures show an increase by almost 41 percent and 42 percent, respectively compared to last year, the same source added. In April alone, the park attracted 73,845 foreign visitors, making nearly US$3.4 million in revenue from ticket sales. The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is US$37, a three-day visit costs US$62, and a week-long visit costs US$72.

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