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Cambodia’s airports expect slower growth this year

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Tourists in Phnom Penh International Airport. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Cambodia’s three international airports are forecasted to maintain growth trajectory this year – albeit at a slower and lower pace when compared to 2019.

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a Cambodia Airport press release said that Phnom Penh International Airport welcomed more than six million passengers, surpassing six million passengers for the 1st time ever last year, registering a year-on-year increase of 11.2 percent.

However, Siem Reap International Airport had received only 3.9 million passengers during the same period, a 12.3 percent decline. This drop in passenger arrivals is also marked by the drop in the number of tourists visiting the Angkor temples.

Sihanoukville International Airport meanwhile achieved a  remarkable increase of 158 percent to 1.6 million passengers last year. This increase was attributed largely to increasing number of direct flights from China and other countries and the relocation of several Cambodian registered airlines to Sihanoukville airport as a hub for their operations.

Cambodia Airports, the company developing and managing the three international airports, also shared the statistics of achievements in the previous year.

The annual total passengers for the three airports were recorded at 11.6 million passengers, up 10.2 percent compared to 2018, it said.

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