Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Plan for new airport remains vague

Plan for new airport remains vague

International travelers wait in line at an immigration check point in Phnom Penh International Airport last year.
International travelers wait in line at an immigration check point in Phnom Penh International Airport last year. Vireak Mai

Plan for new airport remains vague

Officials yesterday continued to withhold details of a planned airport outside Phnom Penh, though traveller figures raise questions as to whether such a plan is actually necessary.

Deputy Secretary of State for Civil Aviation Soy Sokhan yesterday confirmed the motivation for the new airport was a projected spike in tourism, as did Senior Minister Yem Nolla, director of the economic, social and cultural council, saying a study had pointed to tourism growth to 5 million by 2025. The airport “will be full, that’s why we need to build a new one, as Sokhan said – but where it is, we don’t know the location”, Nolla said.

However, the current airport’s terminal was recently expanded to “double its capacity to 5 million passengers”, said Norinda Khek, spokesman for Cambodia Airports, which operates the country’s airports. In 2015, the airport saw a record 3 million passengers.

“Further expansion within the current boundaries is possible,” Khek said, adding that the company was still always discussing “future developments in any forms”.

Another senior official with Cambodia Airports, who asked not to be named as he wasn’t authorised to speak to the media, said the existing airport “has a long way to go” to reach its capacity.

“It’s hard to say how seriously [the government] is thinking about the new airport.” Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the planned airport is “just an idea”.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all