Tourism Ministry requests Vietnam Airlines for more flights to Kingdom – The Phnom Penh Post
The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism has called on Vietnam Airlines to increase flights between the two countries to boost tourist arrivals.
The request came as Cambodia’s three international airports on Wednesday welcomed their 10 millionth passenger – a landmark moment for the Kingdom’s aviation industry.
There are currently 23 flights per day between Cambodia and Vietnam, including Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City; Siem Reap-Ho Chi Minh City; Siem Reap-Hanoi; Siem Reap-Da Nang; and Sihanoukville-Ho Chi Minh City. , , according to ministry data.
Speaking on Wednesday at a Vietnam Airlines award ceremony for “good achievement in ticket sales”, .
He said the Kingdom is seeing a growing number of visitors, which he attributed to the government’s open-sky policy combined with efforts in facilitating smooth travel and logistics at international border gates.
“The transport industry is currently an indispensable partner in promoting and developing trade, tourism and people-to-people interaction. Air transportation has also seen remarkable advances due to its high-security principles and efficiency over other transport,” he said.
Last year, the number of passengers passing through the Kingdom’s international airports totalled 8.8 million. Phnom Penh International Airport saw 4.2 million passengers, Siem Reap International Airport saw 4.2 million and Sihanoukville International Airport nearly 400,000, .
, linking more flights with Vietnam will boost tourism in the Kingdom.
“Vietnam receives a lot of tourists every year, so when we expand flight routes [between our nations], . The expansion of direct flights with any country is completely beneficial for the Cambodian economy,” he said.
Thourn added that the expansion of flights with foreign countries can greatly boost the Kingdom’s tourism industry.
“I also hope that the Cambodian government will encourage more direct flights from foreign countries, , .
She added the expansion of flights would benefit both countries, especially in the tourism and transportation sectors.
According to Ministry of Tourism figures, Cambodia’s total number of foreign tourists was more than 4.8 million in the first 10 months of this year, of which 619,196 came from Vietnam.
That figure was down 4.7 per cent compared to the same period last year, .