Now that the international airport service charges in Phnom Penh are amongst the
most expensive in the world, the charge for foreigners ($20) is equivalent to 28.5%
of a single flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Could the airport management company answer a few questions:
- What is the justification for charging more than double the service charges in
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Vientiane and many others?
- Considering that most passengers walk to and from the plane and there are no
free services attached to the airport (transfer buses, etc), where is all the money
- Why do Cambodians get a 25% discount? After all, poor people do not travel by
air. The normal mode of transport for many foreigners traveling to the airport is
a moto-taxi, while
- Cambodians generally arrive in chauffeur driven Mercs or Landcruisers.
- Are foreigners in effect subsidizing the looters?
- Will the new (probably temporary) charges ensure that the telephones will be
in working order and that there will be water in the toilets?
- Will there now be free drinking water available, as there is in most international
- If we refuse to pay this extortionate charge what action will the airport management
- David Hayter, Phnom Penh.