Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia’s outbound traffic fuels Vietnam Airlines

Cambodia’s outbound traffic fuels Vietnam Airlines

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Nearly 600,000 Cambodians travel to Vietnam annually using the airline. Photo supplied

Cambodia’s outbound traffic fuels Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines is not merely fostering tourism growth between Cambodia and Vietnam but transforming two of its prosperous cities – Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi – as a major gateway for local travellers to tour around the globe.

With some 600,000 Cambodians visiting Vietnam annually using the airline, both for business and leisure, plus another close to a million Vietnamese visiting the Kingdom – bodes well for the carrier.

In addition, it connects the Indo-China capitals – Vientiane, Hanoi and Phnom Penh – moving frequent travellers from one city to another and beyond – thus positioning itself as a key player in the regional aviation sector.

“We are connecting the Indo-China capitals and offering long haul flights for travellers to fly to Europe or Asia. We are a full-service network airline and our philosophy is to make Vietnam a gateway to the world,” Ngo Tri Hung, general manager of Vietnam Airlines based in Phnom Penh, told The Post on Wednesday.

The four-star airline with a fleet of 84 aircraft, which has been servicing Cambodia for over 30 years, boast the latest models like Dreamliner 787 and Airbus 350, to become a top carrier in the Asia Pacific region.

Daily about six flights ply between Cambodia and Vietnam, mainly from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, while during peak seasons about 10 flights are deployed per day.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Vietnam plans to position itself as a major global gateway to Asia and Europe. Photo supplied

“Cambodia is a tight market because there are other players as well, but we are positive in terms of revenue and passengers growth next year. This year we can easily reach both our targets,” said Hung.

Despite the lucrative numbers, Vietnam Airlines growth in Cambodia is rivalled by those travelling by road to neighbouring Ho Chi Minh, which only takes about six hours by bus. Daily about 20 buses ply between both the destinations.

“There is small growth every year but competition makes it hard as more airlines operate from Cambodia and more people travel by buses,” he added.

Currently, about 10 domestic carriers and over 20 international flights operate in Cambodia.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, about three million foreign visitors arrived in Cambodia in the first half of this year and of that nearly two million visitors arrived by air.

Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Cambodia is also on the rise and last year two-way trade volume stood at $3.8 billion, a 29.7 percent jump compared to 2016, reported Vietnam News, citing the country’s General Department of Customs.

.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the