Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - RAC wins direct route to Beijing; Paris next stop

RAC wins direct route to Beijing; Paris next stop

RAC wins direct route to Beijing; Paris next stop

R oyal Air Cambodge (RAC) has been given permission to fly to two destinations in

China - Kunming and Guanzhou province - from September.

RAC has also

scored a Memorandum of Understanding for direct flights to Paris from

1996.

"The Chinese national carrier Air China has approved our request

but they need to talk with their government," RAC vice-chairman Pan Chantra

said. Government approval is considered a formality, he said.

He said

the Cambodian national carrier had a similar agreement with China in 1963,

flying to four destinations, "but now we will begin with two

destinations."

He said the company had chosen the two provinces because

of the many Chinese investors and tourists from those areas that presently

travel to Cambodia via Hong Kong or Singapore.

Those passengers prefered

directs flights rather than transits, he said. Two Boeing 737-400s, which can

carry 168 passengers, would be used.

Flights would be three times weekly.

No fare price had yet been set, Chantra said.

Chantra said RAC would

probably launch direct flights to Paris on January, 1996 if agreement was

granted by France.

"We are in negotiation. We haven't received any fomal

answer yet but we have a Memorandum of Understanding," he said.

Chantra

said direct flights from France would be an emormous boost, given the numbers of

French tourists and Khmer emmigrants who want to visit Cambodia.

RAC

plans to use Boeing 767s on the French route, able to carry 200

passengers.

RAC currently flies to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala

Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. A Cambodian-Indonesia link is also planned, Chantra

said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading