Kingdom, Nepal sign for 14 weekly flights between them – The Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia and Nepal last week signed their first air service agreement (ASA), which allows 14 weekly flights between both countries, according to Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).
The agreement was made during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official three-day visit to Kathmandu, Nepal last week, during which he also attended the Asia-Pacific Summit.
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Vutha said the deal is an opening air service for airlines from both countries to conduct market research before allowing direct flights.
. If there is a large market and passenger numbers are good, they can fly directly between the two countries,” he said.
He said in his experience, any flight could be launched three months from the deal. However, it depends on practical work, especially on marketing issues.
Nepal, a South Asian country bordering two major countries – , has a population of nearly 30 million.
Economic and tourism relations between the two countries are currently very limited. Cambodians travel to Nepal mostly for religious purposes, .
“If a direct flight is launched, [nationals from] both countries will invest in [each other’s country], especially in the tourism sector,” she said.
According to an SSCA report, as of September this year, Cambodia’s three international airports received more than 21 per cent growth from the same period last year.
Official data from the Ministry of Tourism show that in the first eight months this year, , up 11.7 per cent year-on-year, led by Chinese and Vietnamese nationals.
According to the ministry’s forecasts, , seven million by 2020 and 14 million by 2030.