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||3 November 2009
Cambodia, Vietnam to set up new air routes
Cambodia and Vietnam aviation officials are planning to launch two new aviation routes between the two countries, VNBusinessNews.com quoted officials as saying.
The routes will connect Phu Quoc Island, off the southern coast of Vietnam near the mouth of the Mekong River, with Sihanoukville International Airport, and the southern province of Can Tho with Phnom Penh.
According to Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) Undersecretary Soy Sokhan, the SSCA and its Vietnamese counterpart were conducting a joint feasibility study on the routes.
“We see huge potential for these routes,” he said. “Sihanoukville International Airport will be a popular destination for the tourism industry, but the Phnom Penh International Airport also has great potential for cargo shipments.”
It was too early to estimate when that feasibility study would be completed, he said, but one flight was expected to be scheduled daily in each direction on both routes.
SSCA Secretary of State Mao Havannal said the routes had not yet been allocated to any carriers but confirmed that Cambodia Angkor Air had been involved in discussions. The airline is 51 percent owned by the Cambodian government in a joint venture with Vietnam Airlines.
Ho Vandy, co-chairman of Cambodia’s Government-Private Sector Forum’s Tourism Working Group, said Phu Quoc Island and Can Tho province were both popular tourism hubs in Vietnam and could be valuable feeders for the Cambodian tourism sector if the routes became available.
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