Cambodia Angkor Air Launches A New Intra-Mekong Route

Cambodia national carrier Cambodia Angkor Air (CAA) is launching a new route from Phnom Penh to Vientiane and Hanoi.

With the start of IATA Winter Timetable 2015-16, national carrier Cambodia Angkor Air inaugurated on October 25 a new daily service linking Phnom Penh to both Vientiane and Hanoi.

Talking to the Phnom Penh Post, Tekreth Samrach, chairman of Cambodia Angkor Air (CAA) and secretary of state for the Office of the Council of Ministers, explained that the new route will help the airline expand its market in the region. “We cannot survive with only our local market; we need to increase international routes and that is why we have chosen these destinations,” he declared to the newspaper.

The flight schedule is coordinated with a similar service offered already by Vietnam Airlines, which is CAA main foreign shareholder with 49% of shares. The new flight is served on a code share basis with Vietnam Airlines. Hanoi and Vientiane are Cambodia Angkor Air fifth and sixth international destination. Flights are served with an Airbus A321.

According to Tekreth Samrach, the airline is looking to launch direct services to Hong Kong and Macau before the end of the year. Macau is likely the first to be flown by the Cambodian national carrier, following a recent agreement between the Cambodian Government and Macau authorities to open rapidly scheduled flights. Cambodia Angkor Air plans also services in the near future to Seoul, Tokyo as well as India. The airline is now predicting to transport 1.1 to 1.2 million passengers for the entire year 2015. It is the first time that CAA reaches the million-passenger’s mark.