INDONESIAN-owned Royal Khmer Airlines (RKA) and American-Australian backed
Cambodian National Airlines (CNA) will become Cambodia's's fifth and sixth
domestic airlines as early as January 2001.
RKA spokesman Koy Samnang
told the Post on December 7 that RKA will begin operations in January with one
Boeing 737-300 and an additional Boeing 737-400 flying between Siem Reap,
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong.
CNA, according to an industry
source, was expected to get the official green light to start operations as
early as next week.
The new arrivals will not please established domestic
carriers Phnom Penh Airways and President Airlines, who complained bitterly
about the potential impact of the November launch of Siem Reap Airways.
The Cambodian Government says its December 1999 "open skies" policy
allows no limit on the number of domestic carriers.
"Suffering losses or
making profits is up to them," said Council of Ministers spokesman Khieu
Thavika. "If the airlines provide good services to customers, they will have