Battambang Airport to Be Reopened

A study on reopening of the abandoned domestic airport in Battambang province has been urged, stressing that the facility will ease the travel of passengers and tourists.

The reopening of Battambang airport was announced by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, while presiding over the opening ceremony of the 6th River Festival in Battambang provincial city on Mar. 14 evening.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen asked local authorities to inform local residents not to construct any high buildings nearby the abandoned airport which may affect future development of the airport.

“There is no need of using the airport for the moment, but in the future, it will be absolutely needed,” Samdech Techo Hun Sen said.

Besides, the Premier urged relevant institutions to continue building necessary infrastructure serving tourism sector including airport, railway, road, clean water, electricity, hotels, and resorts through land, rail and air connectivity from one area to another.

First opened in 1968, Battambang Airport was once the Kingdom’s busiest runways but its fortunes took a downward turn in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to power.

The small airfield was reopened and used for civilian aircraft until the end of the 1990s, but it never returned to fully operational status.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press