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Ministry proposes aviation association

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A China Southern Airlines aircraft parked in the tarmac at Phnom Penh International Airport. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday proposed the creation of an aviation association in a meeting with the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation and five airlines.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said having an association for the industry will facilitate dialogue among all actors and help them find solutions to the challenges the industry faces.

“The association will play a significant role in finding solutions and will help the industry develop smoothly,” the minister said during the meeting, which included representatives of the national flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air.

Flight delays and cancellations, problems that beset the local aviation industry, were also discussed in the meeting.

Ministry spokesperson Top Sopheak told Khmer Times yesterday that the ministry’s proposal has had a positive reception among players in the industry.

“SSCA will look into the possibility of forming the association,” he said.

SSCA’s spokesperson Sin Chan Sereyvutha could not be reached for comment yesterday.

According to SSCA, the Kingdom’s three international airports handled 29,705 flights in the first six months of the year.

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