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The three international airports of Cambodia have collectively broken through the 10-million passenger mark for the first time, according to Cambodia Airports, the developer and operator of these hubs.

The feat was achieved last December and reflected the combined international and domestic passengers arriving at and departing from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville international airports, said Cambodia Airports in a release December 19.

At the festivities celebrating the 10-million passenger landmark last month, Eric Delobel, chief executive of Cambodia Airports, said the new milestone validates the continuous momentum of the last five years and the fruitful partnership the company has with the government of Cambodia and all stakeholders.

Solid traffic growth at the airports reflected tourism growth in Cambodia, and was driven by the new attractiveness of the country’s coastal areas, and a buoyant economy conducive to business opportunities, he added.

“Connectivity and synergies between the three airports have significantly contributed to bringing in more and more passengers to the Kingdom,” Delobel said. “Passengers traffic has doubled over the last five years and reached this record-high 10 million passengers.”

He declared that they also took advantage of being part of the worldwide network of airports managed by Vinci Airports, the airport operator’s parent company. “The business model that Vinci Airports has developed for Cambodia’s airport system has proved relevant and I am confident that it will guide us for future successes.”

Cambodia Airports communications and public relations director Khek Norinda said the attractiveness of Cambodia as a destination for leisure and business was the key driver for air traffic demand, reported The Phnom Penh Post. It was also the result of the firm’s strategy to develop more routes and connect its three airports to more destinations.

According to Cambodia Airports’ figures, Sihanoukville International Airport saw the biggest increase in passenger traffic, with passenger numbers growing 93% last year to 651,000.

Phnom Penh International Airport remains the kingdom’s busiest and maintained a high growth rate last year, receiving a total of 5.4 million passengers, an increase of 28% compared to 2017.

Siem Reap International Airport saw a modest 6.4% year-on-year increase last year with passenger numbers totaling 4.48 million.

The accomplishment came after the three airports broke the eight-million passenger mark in December 2017.

In 2017, passengers going through these international airports totaled 8.8 million, 4.2 million each for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and 338,000 passengers for Sihanoukville, which experienced triple-digit growth.

All three platforms serve more than 55 destinations and welcome 700 regular flights per week.

Under a public-private partnership signed with the government of Cambodia in 1995, Cambodia Airports holds the concession to develop and manage Cambodia’s network of international airports.

The shareholders of Cambodia Airports are France’s Vinci Airports (70%) and Muhibbah Masteron Cambodia (30%), a Malaysian-Cambodian joint venture.

Photo from Cambodia Airports

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