Cambodia Airports Says Local Airlines Drive Growth in Domestic Travel

Cambodia Airports, the company that manages the three international airports in Cambodia, said in May local airlines had driven growth in domestic travel as passenger rates increase across all airports.

According to its recent report, this month (May) marked a major milestone for Sihanouk International Airport, as a surge in passengers this past May � a 330 percent increase from the same month last year � ensured the airport welcomed nearly 600,000 passengers in the first five months of the year. With this increase in activity, the airport's year-on-year passenger movements have, for the first time ever, reached over 1 million.

This growth is in great part powered by a 416 percent rise in international passengers over the past year, who are taking advantage of the many new routes available to visit the growing city of Sihanoukville. In the past two months alone, Ruili Airlines launched a new daily flight from the Chinese city of Lanzhou, while JC Airlines launched new routes to both Bangkok and Wuhan.

At Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports, overall growth has been buoyed by increasing numbers of domestic travellers, with the airports experiencing a 21 percent and 13 percent year-on-year increase, respectively, over the course of the past year. The capital welcomed nearly 500,000 travellers, a boost of 15 percent from the year before, while Siem Reap saw over 280,000 travellers, reflecting a 3 percent increase.

This surge in local travel has been accomplished despite an overall year-on-year decrease of 2 percent in domestic movements at the capital's airport � a dip in operations directly linked to the cessation of operations of two local airlines last year. Other local airlines have, however, begun opening new international routes and pushing the domestic aviation sector forward, as carriers like Lanmei Airlines, JC Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air have each experienced considerable growth in the past year.

Lanmei Airlines, JC Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air are airline companies registered in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press