Ratanakiri plans a new 1,400-hectare airport

PHNOM PENH: The provincial government of Ratanakkiri has earmarked nearly 1,400 hectares of land in the Lumphat district for the development of a new airport, as the old airport in Banlung has been transformed into a provincial resort or park.

Governor of Province, Mr. Nhem Sam Oeun, made this announcement during the Royal Government Spokesperson's press conference on “5 years of Ratanakkiri administration success” on April 4, 2023.

Governor explained that due to its location in the heart of the city, the old airport is no longer functional, and this new project aims to build a state-of-the-art airport by inviting civil aviation experts to inspect the designated area.

The fresh airport will be built in the midst of the provinces of Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, Kratie, and Ratanakiri, making it an advantageous location with high potential, approximately 100 kilometers from Ratanakiri's provincial town. The new airport is expected to attract more investors into Ratanakiri, thus contributing to the socio-economic growth of the local people.

Governor confirmed receiving several inquiries from investors asking when this northeastern province would have a new airport. They believe it would enhance business opportunities; thus, the government's plans to build the new airport will assist the province in achieving its future goals.

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