Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Chinese tourists walk towards their plane at the Phnom Penh International Airport in 2021. Hong Menea

ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

Air fares between Cambodia and China or the other nine ASEAN countries have on average dropped from 20 to more than 50 per cent since the first quarter of this year, as countries around the region relax Covid-19 restrictions, according to a senior civil aviation official.

In an extreme example, return trips from one of a number of Chinese cities to Cambodia that had been in excess of $10,000, during darker times of the pandemic, was subsequently recorded at $6,000, then $3,000, and have now dropped to just over $1,000, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha told The Post on September 14.

He pinned the decline in the aforementioned price primarily on China’s apparent gradual reopening and an increase in number of flights with Cambodia, noting that there are now 30 direct flights weekly between them – 15 in either direction – up precisely five-fold from July.

He added that Cambodia’s effective Covid-19 management and economic reopening efforts have considerably driven up the number of domestic and international flights to the Kingdom, which has triggered a significant downtrend in air fares to and from regional destinations.

Meanwhile, air fares between Cambodia and ASEAN or European countries have dipped by around 20-35 per cent, correlating with, among other things, levels of Covid-19 restrictions in place at a particular time, and the overall socio-economic situation at and near the destination, he said, explaining that fares to and from localities with more lax pandemic rules and more connecting flights available will generally be lower.

However, Chansereyvutha cautioned that the uncertainty about future fuel prices could lead to negative effects on air fares.

PTM Travel & Tours Co Ltd business director Sar Sarin, on the other hand, said air fares between Cambodia and other ASEAN countries had declined 20-30 per cent from the quarter ended March 31.

He predicted that fares would fall further as oil prices moderate and global economic growth improves, and that tickets to China would only become cheaper as the country further reopens and dials back its once “very tight” travel restrictions.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia received 998,272 international visitors in the first eight months of 2022, up 720 per cent year-on-year, of which 39.73 per cent or 396,591 arrived by air, marking a 595 per cent increase.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former

  • After three deferrals, Capital Gains Tax to take effect Jan 1, 2024

    The General Department of Taxation (GDT) will implement the Capital Gains Tax starting January 1, 2024 to after being deferred three times as industrial players warn that the implementation might have some negative impact on the property market growth, which is down due to the economic downturn.