Direct flights from Japan from September

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PHNOM PENH, August 16 (Khmer Times/Xinhua) – After many false starts, a Japanese airline is finally prepared and ready to mount  regular direct flights from Japan to Cambodia.
 
These flights are expected to commence in September and will serve to boost  economics, trade, and tourism  between Japan and Cambodia,  said Mr. Akihiro Ohta, visiting Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
 
Mr. Ohta unveiled the plan during a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. 
 
“There will be direct flights from Narita Airport (Tokyo) to Phnom Penh in September and from Narita Airport to cultural city of Siem Reap province in October,” he said.
 
He added that  Japan wanted to create cooperation with Cambodia in infrastructure sector such as the development of highways, clean water system and civil aviation.
 
Prime Minister Hun Sen said he fully supported direct flight connection between the two nations as it would further broaden bilateral ties and cooperation.
The news about direct flights is being welcomed by travel agents and airport agencies as it would mean that more passengers can bypass Vietnam and Thailand and even Malaysia and Singapore in coming to Cambodia.
 
“The current preferred route is usually Thailand and Vietnam, followed by Singapore and Malaysia and at times, Hong Kong. Direct flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap from Japan’s main airport, Narita,  is a big boost,” an Aviation Secretariat official who declined identity and the same of the airline commented.
The country’s own two leading airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), both serve a broad range of international destinations while another, Skymark Airlines, serves domestic routes.

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