Cambodians take to the skies, new Asia routes opening soon
Chinese passenger arrivals via the three international airports are the main trend providing steady growth, a senior officer at Cambodia Airports says, but Cambodians flying abroad are following the Chinese pattern.
He said the airport was to seek sustainable development via diversification of transit in the region.
This was an amazing increase in Chinese passengers, Mr Delobel said. He added that more than a million Cambodian passengers travelled in 2017, representing the second-top nationality of our airports’ passengers.
“That means a trend of Cambodian people travelling abroad through three airports. That is something that is growing a lot. And it provides the country with diversification of traffic.”
The main challenge for the airport and for tourism in Cambodia was to target diversification, he said.
“Asean is what we are targeting today. By having diversified traffic, you will have sustainable development. We are targeting working with all airlines to better connect Cambodia with all the countries in Asean,” he said.
Luu Meng, the co-chairman of the Government-Private Sector Tourism Working Group, said airlines market competition, economic income, and more destinations connected with Cambodia were among the main factors which had pushed people to travel.
“Figures of increasing Cambodian travel outbound by air show that demand for travel overseas from Cambodia is increasing because now many airline companies offer competitive fares and direct flights to main destinations in the region,” Mr Meng said.
“I expected chartered flights will happen first from India because India has an Asean-India strategy,” he said. “We will keep talking to Indonesia about direct flights because both nations have potential for tourism to ancient temples.”
Cambodian outbound tourists amounted to 1.7 million in 2017, a growth of 22 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism, referring to main land, waterway and air routes.