A total of 67 passengers were on board Citilink’s maiden flight from Jakarta that touched down at Phnom Penh International Airport on Friday at around 2pm.
Citilink, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s Flag carrier Garuda, uses a 180-seater Airbus 320 aircraft for the thrice-weekly flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The service will be conducive to boost air traffic between the two countries by offering direct flights that contribute in reducing travel time and in increasing travel options for visitors to/and from Indonesia and Cambodia.
The launch of this new routes serves also as a mean to commemorate the 60th year anniversary of Indonesia and Cambodia diplomatic relations. “We are pleased to launch Citilink’s direct flight from Jakarta to Phnom Penh to connect both capital cities,” said Citilink Indonesia’s Vice President Corporate Strategy Mr Heriyanto.
“We hope that this new flight can strengthen the partnership between Indonesia and Cambodia. We also hope that this new direct flight can go beyond just connecting the two neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, but also to gain more partnership potentials in many sectors such as culture, economy, politics, and social and many more,” Mr Heriyanto added.
Phillipe Araujo, representative of Cambodia Airports, said that this service non-stop flight between Jakarta and Phnom Penh is a new milestone for Phnom Penh International Airport. It is a breakthrough to welcome a new carrier and to open a new route. Specifically, we had looked forward to serving Indonesia and its huge market.
He added that the recent launches of new routes bodes well for reaching new traffic heights at Phnom Penh International Airport when the year wraps up.
“To accommodate the expected growth, we continue investing in the expansion of our facilities and in the further improvement of our operational process while bolstering the quality of service to our customers,” Mr Araujo said.