Twelve new aircraft parking stands were launched on Friday at Phnom Penh International Airport to cope with rising aircraft traffic.
Collectively known as Apron B, the new parking bays bring the total number of parking stands at the capital’s airport to 35. Seven additional bays will be built by the end of the year, according to Cambodia Airports, the company managing all three international airports in the Kingdom.
The new bays are 540 metres long by 86 metres wide and together have cost $8 million to build, with work starting in February.
They will not be used for commercial operations but mainly for long-term aircraft parking such as that from Bassaka Air, who do not operate regularly, according to Cambodia Airports CEO Alain Brun.
“Cambodia Airports is continuously investing to enhance its airport infrastructure to cope with growing traffic,” Mr Brun said.
“Here in Phnom Penh International Airport, we should hit a new milestone as we expect to reach the 6 million passenger mark by the end of the year,” he said.
The new bays can accommodate Code C aircraft (A320 family and B737).
“The new Apron B will free commercial parking stands on Apron A (the airport’s main apron) for commercial operations,” Mr Brun added.
“We will be able to use the full capacity of Apron A with 23 Code C stands. Later on, in December, we will increase Apron A’s capacity with seven additional code C stands. We, therefore, will reach a total capacity of 30 Code C stands,” he said.
“With the new apron capacity and those additional stands, our airport will be able to accommodate the traffic growth projected in coming years,” Mr Brun said.
Present at the launch, Minister of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation Mao Havanall said the extra parking space will allow aircraft carrying foreign dignitaries to land at the airport during international events, such as the Asia-Europe Summit next year.