New airline launches in Cambodia
JC International Airlines officially launched in Cambodia on Saturday, bringing the number of local airlines to five.
JC International Airlines CEO Dongyan Huang said the airline was registered as a local company with an investment capital of $50 million.
She said the airline has two Airbus 320 aircraft with daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Ms. Huang said JC International Airlines would first open and serve the domestic market, but would soon expand routes to include Asean member states and China – Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong – as well as South Korea, Japan and Europe.
“We love Cambodia since we found that Cambodia has good political and economic stability while they are improving remarkably in the aviation sector,” she said.
“We want to contribute to this sector so we will import new technology from China to Cambodia to make it better and modern.”
By the end of 2017, JC International Airlines will add three additional aircraft to serve the demand in the kingdom, added Ms. Huang.
Mao Havannall, secretary of state at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, welcomed the move, saying that air transport plays a vital role in the world economy and remains one of the fastest-growing industries.
He said that according to 2015 figures from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), nearly 3.6 billion passengers were carried by the world’s airlines.
Passenger numbers are expected to reach 7.3 billion by 2024, according to the ICAO’s first 20-year passenger forecast, Mr. Havannall added.
He said Cambodia has seen remarkable growth of its aviation industry.
“The Civil Aviation Authority of the Kingdom of Cambodia always supports and assists the role of air operators and continues to serve the air transport community by deploying leading technology and contributing to the continual improvement of safety measures,” he said.
He said air transport in Cambodia has increased significantly over the past few years. In 2015, the kingdom’s three international airports together received 6.4 million passengers, a 13 percent increase over 2014, while last year saw seven million passengers.
So Mara, secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism, welcomed JC International Airlines to the kingdom, saying the ministry would provide strong support to the airline in order to contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Cambodia.
He said the tourism sector has generated more than $3 billion to national revenue, contributed about 12 percent to GDP and created more than 620,000 jobs as well as many others indirectly.
“The 2.7 million international tourists arriving by air account for more than 54 percent of total arrivals, an increase of around 9.2 percent. The airlines and airports play a vital role in this sector,” Mr. Mara said.
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