Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - India direct flights back in the mix

India direct flights back in the mix

India direct flights back in the mix

India and Cambodia have again pledged to establish direct flights between the two countries to boost tourism, a statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Tourism reads.

The latest push, which follows a meeting on Monday between Tourism Minister Thong Khon and India’s Ambassador to Cambodia Naveen Srivastava, is one in a long line of pledges since 2013, when direct flights were first intended to be established.

“It keeps coming up again and again for many years, hopefully it will be finalised in the years to come,” said VR Ashok, attache at the Embassy of India.

“The number of parties involved is slowing it down, because it has to deal with the government, private airlines [and so on].”

Although the Ministry of Tourism continues to announce plans of a direct flight, the target date of its finalisation is unknown.

“We don’t talk about challenges yet, but it will help more tourists come to India and Cambodia so this flight is very important,” said Tith Chantha, secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism.

“I don’t know how long it will take, we just plan, we don’t know how far along we are in the plan.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the