Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister denies airport will close

Minister denies airport will close

Minister denies airport will close

Tourism Minister Veng Sereyvuth has dismissed

a report that the country's main gateway to the outside world, Pochentong

airport, would close for a month for runway repairs.

"Who said this? It

is not true," Veng Sereyvuth said at the airport just prior to taking off for

Tokyo on Tuesday to take part in the ICORC meeting.

The daily Khmer

newspaper Reasmey Kampuchea reported, without mentioning sources, that

Pochentong would shut down for around 30 days in order to be

renovated.

The paper said international and domestic flights would be

switched to Kompong Chhnang province, 100 km in north-west Phnom

Penh.

Udom Tantiprasongchai, managing director of Cambodia International

Airport, said he had checked out the report with high level contacts in the

government, who had also dismissed it.

Kompong Chhnang airport was built

as a military base by Chinese engineers during the Khmer Rouge years in 1975-79

andhas barely been used.

From the capital it takes about two-and-half

hour drive on the bumpy National Route 5.

The airport itself has no

facilities to cater for tourists and travel industry sources said any move to

close Pochentong airport would be immensely damaging.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman