A real runway success

Posted on: February 28, 2014 | Business

The Cambodian aviation industry is rapidly expanding, emerging as one of the fastest growing markets in Southeast Asia

The country recorded 18% passenger growth for the second consecutive year in 2013, according to the Centre for Aviation (Capa).

Both of the country’s main airports, in the capital Phnom Penh and the popular tourist destination of Siem Reap, saw high, double-digit growth.

“Continued expansion at flag carrier Cambodia Angkor Air, which has tripled the size of its still relatively small international network over the past 18 months, should lead to more rapid growth in 2014,” Capa said.

“There will also be continued growth from foreign carriers, including from six carriers which entered the market” in the fourth quarter last year.

The biggest drivers of growth over the past two years have been China and Vietnam. In the first 11 months of last year, visitor arrivals from China were up 40% to 417,000.