In 2016, 13 airlines launched direct flights from different destinations in the region to Cambodia, according to a recent press release of Cambodia Airports, the company that develops and manages the network of international airports in Cambodia. This proved dramatic progress of the Kingdom in terms of air connectivity.
The majority of the airlines are from China followed by Japan and Thailand, underlined the same source, pointing out that those 13 airlines are:
1. Haikou-based, Hainan Airlines started twice-weekly direct flights from Sanya Phoenix International Airport to Phnom Penh International Airport on Dec. 30, 2016 with Boeing B737. The airlines planned once-weekly direct flight from the same city of China to Siem Reap International Airport in January 2017.
2. Lucky Air began three direct flights per week from Kunming Changshui International Airport to Siem Reap International Airport on Dec. 14, 2016. The airlines operated direct twice-weekly services from Kunming to Sihanoukville in November 2015.
3. Siem Reap International Airport welcomed first daily direct flight from Phuket on Nov. 7, 2016 by Thai Air Asia with A320. The launch of daily direct flight between Siem Reap and Phuket is stimulating the tourism traffic for both cities.
4. A South Korean low-cost carrier and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, Air Seoul started four flights a week with Airbus A321 from Seoul-Incheon to Siem Reap-Angkor on Oct. 8, 2016. Air Seoul started operations to this tourist destination after Asiana Airlines has ended flight operations between Seoul and Siem Reap.
5. Tianjin Airlines started two flights per day and two days per week, every Tuesday and Thursday, from Xi'an Xianyang and Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airports to Sihanouk International Airport on Sept. 22, 2016. The air services between Cambodia's Coastal Region and Northern Region of China commenced after the airlines started regular scheduled flight to Phnom Penh in 2013 and to Siem Reap in 2014.
6. Spring Airlines started trice-weekly flights from Guangzhou to Siem Reap on Sept. 9, 2016 with A320. The Airlines also launched trice-weekly flights from Guangzhou to Phnom Penh on Sept. 30, 2016 with the same aircraft type. Spring Airlines is the second Chinese carrier operates regular direct flights between Guangzhou and Phnom Penh after China Southern Airlines which is operating double daily with A320 and A321.
7. All Nippon Airways (ANA) started a daily regular flight Phnom Penh-Tokyo-Narita, with Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner on Sept. 1, 2016. The new direct commercial fight commenced after Cambodia and Japan signed the Air Service Agreement in May.
8. Beijing Capital Airlines began operating twice-weekly direct flights linking Haikou-Siem Reap on July 19, 2016. On July 21, 2016 this airlines started once-weekly scheduled flights service from Haikou-Phnom Penh. Chinese tourists enjoy visa-on-arrival services in Cambodia, which boosts tourists for both destinations, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
9. Due to the demand of cargo capacity to export garments to European Community and the U.S., a Thai Cargo Airlines based at Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport, K-Mile Air operates five flights per week between Phnom Penh-Bangkok on July 4, 2016.
10. Cambodia Flag Carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air added three new international routes to its networks in 2016. The first one was Sihanoukville-Ho Chi Minh City which started on June 17, 2016 with five flights per week using AT7 of 68 seating. This new route enabled tourists and businessmen to travel directly from Sihanoukville to the Southern city of Vietnam. The second one was a trice-weekly flights from Cambodia's tourist destination, Siem Reap-Da Nang on July 1, 2016. Passengers travelling from Siem Reap to Da Nang are able to link to other destinations in Vietnam on code-share flights with Vietnam Airlines. The third one was the resume of a daily flight from Siem Reap-Hanoi which started operations on October 30, 2016 after it ceased operations in the previous season.
11. Istanbul-based, Turkish Cargo, a division of Turkish Airlines, started twice-weekly freighter operations from Istanbul to Phnom Penh via Bahrain on May 28, 2016 with A330-200F.
12. Hong Kong Airlines officially launched thrice-weekly flight service to Phnom Penh on Feb. 27, 2016. The new service to Cambodia further strengthens the airline's network in Asia and offers more choices and greater convenience to passengers travelling to and from Cambodia. Hong Kong Airlines would be the third airline based in Hong Kong connecting to Cambodia, in addition to Dragonair, now rebranded as Cathay Dragon, and Hong Kong Express.
13. Thai Smile Airways, a regional subsidiary of Thai Airways, launched 10 weekly direct flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Siem Reap International Airport on Feb. 1, 2016 using Air Bus A320 with 174 seats. The Bangkok-Siem Reap route is currently offered the services by a full-service regional airline, Bangkok Airways, a low-cost carrier (LCC), Thai AirAsia and the Kingdom's flagship carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press