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S’ville airport sees sharp increase in passengers

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People wait outside the passenger terminal at Sihanoukville International Airport. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Due to strong growth in trade and tourism, Sihanoukville International Airport saw a sharp increase in the number of passengers during the first 11 months of the year.

From January to November, the airport handled 3,618 flights, with the number of passengers growing by 89 percent to reach 274,535 people.

With three new airlines starting to operate flights at Sihanoukville’s airport this year, the total number of air carriers at the airport has now reached 11, according to Taing Sochet Krisna, director of Preah Sihanouk’s tourism department.

The airport now handles 100 flights per week, he said, adding that the number of international travellers passing through the airport has increased by 90 percent (reaching 272,155 people), while the number of Cambodian passengers grew by 47 percent.

“We now have six domestic airlines and five foreign companies operating direct flights from Vietnam, Malaysia, and 15 provinces in China.

“Of the three new companies, two are local and one is foreign,” he said.

“The growth in the aviation industry was made possible thanks to strong economic growth and political stability,” Mr Sochet Krisna added.

He said Bangkok Airways has announced plans to establish a flight to Sihanoukville in the following years, explaining that a number of other air carriers are interested in flying to the coastal province as well, which has prompted airport authorities to renovate facilities.

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