SSCA: Poipet airport still ‘under study’

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Work on the Poipet airport project has yet to start despite the government authorising its development more than a year ago.

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A check with the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) revealed that the investor that was granted permission to develop the province’s first airport has yet to begin work.

Poipet Airport Investment (PAI) received approval from the government to resume work on the airport in May last year.

“Nothing moved. The investor is conducting studies,” SSCA spokesman Sin Chanserey Vutha told Khmer Times last week, adding he is not sure when construction will start.

Poipet Governor San Sean Ho told the local media earlier that the new Poipet airport will be built on a 300-hectare land in Poipet’s Nimith commune. The proposed airport site is located 13 kilometres from the town proper.

When PAI’s application was approved last year, Mr Chanserey Vutha disclosed that the airport will be located on land owned by PAI.

“From what we know, [PAI] has the resources to complete the project,” he said. The project is expected to cost $40 to $50 million.

PAI was first granted permission to build the Poipet airport back in 2007. However, the project was shelved due to the 2008 global financial crisis.

The company decided to revive the project after seeing the potential for development in Poipet, an important border town located in Banteay Meanchey province.

The proposed airport is designed for domestic flights and will be able to handle aircraft as big as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737.

Once completed, it is expected to boost the economy of Poipet and nearby areas. Poipet, which borders Thailand, is among the fastest-growing areas in Cambodia.

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