Cambodia is building two new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as enlarging and modernising the existing one in Sihanoukville as part of plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that a new airport for Phnom Penh in Takhmao city, Kandal province, funded partly by Chinese loans, would create 18,000 jobs and be able to accommodate the Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 747-800 aircraft. It is expected to cost around US$1.5 billion to build.
The airport in Siem Reap will be located in the Sot Nikum district and will involve an investment of $900 million. It will have a 55-year contract under Angkor Air International Investment Co. Ltd, a Kunming-based company in the Yunnan province of China.
“France’s Vinci, the company overseeing airports in Cambodia, never expected the high growth of tourists traveling by air to Cambodia. Now they strongly support the Cambodian Government’s intention to construct new airports for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as the current ones will not be able to accommodate the expected 12 million tourists by 2025,” said the premier. “Sihanoukville International Airport alone expects to welcome three million tourists by then.”