Bangkok Airways will expand its route offer next year by connecting Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sihanoukville, on the Cambodian coast.
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The official launch of the new route is scheduled for January 2020. It will be a daily service using a 70-seat ATR72, local media reported last week.
Sihanoukville will become Bangkok Airways’ third destination in Cambodia, following Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia launched a direct flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Sihanoukville last month.
According to Cambodia Airports, the company that manages all international airports in the Kingdom, Cambodia now boasts direct flights with eight Asean states.
Brunei is the only Asean country not yet connected to the Kingdom by air, said Norinda Khek, communications and public relations director at Cambodia Airports, who added that we can expect a direct flight between the two countries soon.
The Kingdom’s three international airports (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville) handle an average of 760 flights per week to destinations in Asean.
Taing Sochet Krisna, director of Preah Sihanouk province’s tourism department, said that the presence of more direct flights to Sihanoukville will help increase the number of tourists to the province.
He said China tops the list of visitors to the province by nationality, followed by neighboring countries like Malaysia and Vietnam.
This year Cambodia expects to receive 6.7 million foreign tourists and 7 million by 2020. By 2030, the country expects to welcome 15 million foreign tourists a year, which would generate about $10 billion in revenue and create 2 million jobs for the sector, according to the Ministry of Tourism.