Phnom Penh Pochentong International Airport achieves a new milestone today by breaking the 3-million passenger mark a year for the first time of its history. The 3 millionth passenger was Ms Kong Naleap, a Cambodia passenger flying back home from Hong Kong on a flight operated by Dragon Air. Celebrations were organised including a water cannon salute when the aircraft headed to its parking position while passengers received small presents.
The 3-million passenger figure is the result of rocketing figures for both international and domestic passengers to and from Phnom Penh International Airport since the beginning of 2015. Today’s achievement reflects the airport’s passenger traffic momentum which should report a nearly 16% growth on a year-on- year basis. Compared to the previous year 2014, aircraft movements and freight traffic are expected to increase by 12% and 13%
respectively.The airport reached the 2-million passenger mark three years ago in 2012.
Positive performances recorded at Phnom Penh International Airport, which has a well-balanced traffic mix between tourists and business travellers, are sustained by Cambodia’s tourism and business attractiveness and the economic dynamism of the region.
Phnom Penh International Airport General Manager Chloé Lapeyre declared over the performance: “We have definitely reached a new dimension at the airport with this significant milestone. Ongoing expansion works have been planned to address future passenger growth and aim at overhauling the facilities. It will allow us to welcome our passengers with a further upgraded quality of service.” Cambodia Airports launched in early 2013 a terminal extension program to double the capacity of the Phnom Penh airport to over five million passengers. Phase 1 of the investment is slated for completion by March 2016.
Cambodia’s largest airport remains Siem Reap/Angkor International. The airport already passed the 3-million passenger mark in 2014 and is looking at 3.3 to 3.4 million passengers this year.