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Number of flights down by far in early 2021

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An aeroplane landing at Phnom Penh International Airport. Cambodia’s three international airports welcomed 2.13 million passengers (international, domestic and transit) in 2020, a 79 percent drop compared with 2019 figures, according to data from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation. KT/Khem Sovannara

In the first two weeks of February, around 223 inbound and outbound scheduled flights took place at Cambodia’s three international airports, according to a senior executive of Cambodia Airports.

Director of Communication and PR for Cambodia Airports Khek Norinda said that air traffic in January and February has continued its trend downward compared with the same period in 2020. That drop totals 94 percent.

He said that 13 in-and-out daily flights on average take place at the three international airports, with most of them concentrated in Phnom Penh. Norinda added that the Siem Reap airport handles only one or two domestic flights per week. At the Sihanoukville airport, there were 10 domestic flights operating and four international flights from/to Guangzhou.

“Regarding Phnom Penh, in-and-out daily scheduled flights total 29 on average.International routes include Singapore, Seoul, Chinese Guangzhou, Shenzen, Kunming, Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen and Chengdu.

Fewer than 900 inbound and outbound flights were recorded at the three international airports for the month of January this year, a drop of more than 91 percent compared with January 2020, said Norinda.

He added that scheduled international flights currently operate from/to a handful of Chinese cities, Singapore and Seoul and that domestic flights between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are happening at a low frequency.

Norinda added that local carriers operating flights include Lanmei Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cambodia Airways and JC airlines. Non-domestic carriers include Spring Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, SilkAir, Jetstar, Korean and AirAsiana Airlines.

When asked whether the availability of vaccines can restore the aviation sector and encourage more travelling, he replied, “As I mentioned earlier, it is way too early to pinpoint any effect between the roll-out of the vaccine and air traffic,” he added.

Sin Chansereyvutha, spokesperson of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said that it is difficult to evaluate the aviation sector situation in early 2021, however the trend is still downwards for flights.

Cambodia’s three international airports welcomed 2.13 million passengers (international, domestic and transit) in 2020, a 79 percent drop compared with 2019 figures, according to data from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).

Phnom Penh International Airport received around 1.30 million passengers, a decrease of 76 percent, compared with the 5.49 million arrivals in 2019.

Siem Reap International Airport had 618,663 passengers, down 83 percent from the 3.57 million landing in 2019. Sihanouk International Airport saw arrivals of 214,969 passengers, a drop of 86.3 percent from the 1.57 million passengers received in 2019.

SSCA data showed Cambodia handling 49,983 tonnes of cargo at the nation’s three international airports. This represented a 31 percent drop from 2019’s figures. Most cargo traffic occurred at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

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