Cambodia Angkor Air (CAA), the kingdom’s flag carrier, launched recently a new route between Siem Reap and Hong Kong, aiming to increase the number of passengers from mainland China and Europe, a company representative said.
Lim Kao, CAA’s vice-president, told Khmer Times yesterday the new service between Hong Kong and Siem Reap, which was launched on Sunday, will operate two flights per week, on Sunday and Wednesday.
Mr Kao said the new flights will be a bridge for trade and tourism between Cambodia and Hong Kong, facilitating air travel between the cities.
CAA is also working on a Hong Kong-Phnom Penh route, which will come online soon, Mr Kao announced.
“Hong Kong is the biggest international airport, with lots of passengers from Europe, mainland China and other countries.
“We hope through this connection there will be more travellers from Europe and China excited to visit Siem Reap province,” Mr Kao said.
He added that the company is also looking into connecting the Hong Kong–Siem Reap route to Singapore, Macau, Thailand, India and several cities in China in the near future to meet rising demand for flight services to these destinations.
“India is the biggest market. We are currently studying the possibility of flying to India, studying the market with the help of Indian companies to decide what city to fly to first,” Mr Kao said.
CAA’s chairman Tek Reth Samrach said recently the airline currently operates six aircraft, but has plan of expanding its fleet if it performs satisfactorily in the Chinese market.
Twelve new aircraft will join CAA’s fleet in 2020 – four from ATR and eight from Airbus, Mr Samrach said.
“Our new routes would include Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau and India,” he said.
With just eight pilots on their payroll, CAA is in need of more local pilots and co-pilots to operate its fleet, particularly taking into consideration its expansion plans.
CAA currently has two domestic and nine international routes. Its fleet is composed of six aircraft – three ATR and three Airbus.