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Cambodia, Jordan sign agreement on direct flights

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Cambodia and Jordan have signed a memorandum of understanding on air connectivity, paving the way for the establishment of the first direct flight between the countries, an official from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) announced yesterday.

The deal was signed this week by SSCA’s Secretary of State Mao Havannall during his visit to Aqaba, in the Middle Eastern nation, SSCA said in a statement.

From Dec 2 to 6, Aqaba is hosting the Air Services Negotiation Event.

SSCA said the MoU aims to establish commercial flights between Cambodia and Jordan and begin cooperation between their civil aviation authorities.

“Royal Jordanian Airlines has a direct flight to Bangkok. We want the company to consider expanding this route to link with Cambodia,” it noted.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 472 tourists from Jordan visited Cambodia during the first nine months of the year.

Speaking to Khmer Times yesterday, Top Sopheak, Ministry of Tourism spokesperson, welcomed the move and explained that the government is prioritising the creation of direct flights to new destinations around the world.

“More direct flights means more tourists. Having a direct flight to a specific destination reduces times and costs for the traveller, which means more people will choose to fly to Cambodia,” Mr Sopheak explained.

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