An audit of Cambodia’s airports has shown satisfactory results. The 10-day auditing process was conducted by officials from the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
It was carried out to check on some recommendations after official audits on Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports in October.
“The briefing report from audit airports show that the result is rated “satisfactory”, said Sinn Sereyvutha, spokesman for Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, and added that only a few points of improvement had been recommended.
“In general, the briefing report is good because we have prepared for long time,” Mr. Sereyvutha said.
“We have structured work, we have workplace and human resources better than before, but it does not mean that we are perfect, we still have problems.
“We don’t have significant safety concerns but we have some problems to be resolved.”
The audit team recommended improvements to human resources in some section of workplaces, teamwork processes, systematic document management and human resource training.
ICAO will issue a final audit report in three months, said Mr. Sereyvutha.
Between April 18 and May 2 a team of Australian technical aviation and security experts inspected Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports as part of Cambodia’s compliance to the ICAO. They recommended that Cambodia’s airports strengthen airport fences to ensure security as well as increase the number of security staff.
Mr. Sereyvutha said the recommendations in the briefing reports will be worked on. He hoped that the reports will upgrade the prestige of Cambodian airports internationally.
Ho Vandy, secretary general of Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, applauded the move, praising the aviation authority’s efforts to improve airport standards, with the steadily increasing flow of tourists reflecting this.
“As we have seen a report of passengers arriving to Cambodia via airports increased, it is a positive sign of upgrading standards at airports,” Mr. Vandy said.
Cambodia’s three international airports had more than five million passengers and 53,000 flight movements in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 6.2 percent and 2.8 percent respectively compared with the same period last year, according to a report from Cambodia Airports.
In September, Phnom Penh International Airport handled more than 2,700 flight movements, an increase of 6.4 percent year-on-year while passenger traffic at Sihanouk International Airport increased 132.5 percent to 12,997 passengers.
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