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Siem Reap handles first international flight for 20 months


Siem Reap International Airport handled its first international flight since March 2020 today when Singapore Airlines relaunched services to Cambodia’s second largest city.

As of today, Singapore Airlines will operate daily flights between Siem Reap and Singapore on the Boeing 737-8, which features the airline’s all-new narrow-body cabin products.

The carrier notes that will also operate Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights four times weekly from Siem Reap to Singapore. These flights will offer quarantine-free entry into Singapore for eligible customers. The designated VTL flight is SQ163 and will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. All other flights between Siem Reap and Singapore are non-VTL flights.

To restore passenger confidence and support the resumption of traffic at its airports, Cambodia Airports has implemented a set of hygiene recommendations under the programme ‘Protecting Each Other’, developed by VINCI Airports and rolled out at all airports in its network worldwide.

VINCI’s three international platforms in Cambodia have all obtained Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) from ACI, which it is claimed demonstrates that effective health measures are in place in compliance with the highest standards.

Alain Brun, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said: “This new stage in relaunching international connectivity is a positive step forward for Cambodia. This opportunity would not have been possible had Cambodian authorities not opted for the reopening of the country to fully vaccinated visitors.

“Not only will Siem Reap have more visitors and assert its position as Cambodia’s top leisure and cultural destination, but passengers can also easily travel between Cambodia and other international cities via Singapore Airlines’ extensive global flight network.”

While Zechariah Chai, Singapore Airlines, general manager for Cambodia, said: “The re-introduction of international services between Singapore and Siem Reap is great news for our customers, who can resume travel between the cities and connect on to other destinations in our network.”

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