SHENZHEN AIRLINES BECOMES SEVENTH CHINESE AIRLINE TO SERVE PHNOM PENH
Shenzhen Airlines today launched three weekly services between Shenzhen in China and Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
Its arrival means that seven Chinese airlines now serve Phnom Penh International Airport.
A record one million Chinese passengers flew between China and Cambodia’s three international airports in 2017 – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville – and the new service almost guarantees thast the figure will continue to grow in 2018.
Shenzhen Airlines’ first flight to Phnom Penh today, touched down just before 2pm, before receiving the customary water cannon salute.
A welcome party in the terminal greeted all 161 passengers onboard, who also received traditional Khmer garlands.
Éric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said: “The Chinese market is gaining prominence for both inbound and outbound traffic.
“Most of China’s major cities have established air links with our airports, providing passengers with a variety of travel options. We now off more destinations, airlines, and frequencies than ever before across our airport network.
“Our route development efforts in attracting more Chinese airlines and passengers have been rewarded handsomely this year. Cambodian authorities and tourism stakeholders have played a key role in today’s success.”
Cambodia’s target is to welcome two million Chinese visitors by 2020, and the installation of digital signage capable of displaying messages in Chinese have certainly made the country’s international airports easier to use by Chinese travellers.