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New Phnom Penh International Airport construction on schedule

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Construction of the $1.5 billion new Phnom Penh International Airport, located in Kandal province, is on schedule, according to senior provincial officials.

“The progress of construction is progressing as scheduled and, in 2023, one or two runways of the four planned will be ready to be put into use,” said Mao Phirun, council chief of Kandal province at a news conference held on Monday at the government spokesman unit.

Phirun added that there have been no disruptions in construction to date.

Additionally, he said the compensation process for people affected by the project is almost done and authorities will finish it completely soon.

The new Phnom Penh International Airport is being funded by local firm Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC), which has a 90 percent stake in the project with 10 percent belonging to the state-run State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).

SSCA spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha echoed the remarks.

“We are aware that the pandemic has disrupted many projects and the economy, but the construction of the airport in Kandal province and other airport projects in the country have been on schedule,” Chansereyvutha said.

Covering 2,600 hectares of land situated across two provinces  – Kandal and Takeo – the airport will be classified as 4F, which means it can handle long-haul flights.

Recently, the OCIC announced its project to build flyovers connecting the new airport and the centre of Phnom Penh.

The company will build the 21-kilometre flyover in two phases. The first phase of about 10 kilometres will pass through Hun Sen Boulevard and Street 271, all the way from the Kbal Thnal junction to National Road 2. The second phase stretch of 11 kilometres will connect National Road 2 to the new airport.

The flyover project will cost around $400 million and construction of its first phase will begin next year.

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