Lanmei Airlines and JC International Airlines, two carriers based in Cambodia, will get access to a bigger global market after signing distribution system agreements with Sabre, one of the world’s largest software companies.
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The system is similar to other travel website systems such as Agoda and Expedia.
Tourism reached an all-time high in Cambodia last year, and the growth is not expected to slow down any time soon.
A recent report from consultancy CAPA Centre for Aviation indicates that the rise in tourism throughout Cambodia is driving an important shift in the aviation industry.
With seven airlines now in operation across the country, compared with two only four years ago, start-up airlines such as Lanmei and JC International are shaping the future of Cambodia’s air travel infrastructure.
Rakesh Narayanan, vice-president of airline business for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific, said that as the leading global distribution system in Cambodia, Sabre was pleased to support the rapid development of two of Cambodia’s growing carriers.
“With these new partnerships, Sabre will provide both Lanmei Airlines and JC International Airlines access to innovative solutions, enabling the addition of new bookable content on our platform,” Mr Narayanan said.
“Cambodia’s travel industry is changing. By providing our new partners with the technology they need to embrace industry shifts, access to our global network of agents will help them achieve their business objectives as they shape Cambodia’s travel industry,” he added.
Eric Li, deputy general manager in the commercial department of Lanmei Airlines, said: “Making our content available to a wide range of domestic and international consumers is central to our strategic vision.
“Our partnership with Sabre will not only help propel our brand globally, but also play a crucial role in the future success of our business.”
Tang Chun, CEO of JC (CAMBODIA) International Airlines, said: “Building a partnership with a leading technology partner such as Sabre supports our plan to further expand operations.
“As we continue to invest in our success, Sabre will provide us with the necessary network to support the massive wave of inbound tourism that Cambodia is witnessing.”
The combined number of passengers in Cambodia’s three international airports surpassed the eight million mark last year for the first time in the country’s history, an event hailed as a milestone for the fledging aviation sector.
This year there has been a rise of one million passengers compared with 2016, when the total number of passengers in the country’s three international airports – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville – amounted to seven million, according Cambodia Airports.