Cambodia airports reached a new milestone with close to 11.7 million passengers last year, increased by 10.2% with Phnom Penh conforming its lead as the country’s main gateway while Sihanoukville entered into the club of one million passengers’ traffic last year.
Cambodia airports again registered a double-digit growth as passengers’ traffic topped last year 11.67 million, increased by 10.2% over the previous year. This represents another additional million passengers compared to 2018. However, traffic growth slowed down last year. In 2018, Cambodia’s three international airports, all managed by French-owned company VINCI Airports recorded growth in traffic of 20.1%. Passengers’ traffic in Cambodia more than doubled in just five years.
Most spectacular was again the growth of air passengers at Sihanoukville international airport. After over 651,000 passengers in 2018, the main gateway to Cambodia coastal area passed for the first time the million-passenger mark, reaching even 1.68 million travellers, up by 158.1%. Although the surge in traffic was boosted by the departure of many Chinese workers leaving in the area following new work regulations taking place in August in the Kingdom, the airport is likely to continue seeing more Chinese tourists coming in the future. It could then pass the two-million mark in 2020.
Growth was also strong at Phnom Penh International Airport which continues to consolidate its role as the country’s main air gateway. After passing in 2018 for the first time the 5-million passenger milestone in 2018, Phnom Penh broke the six-million passenger mark in 2019 at 6.03 million, a jump of 11.2 % over 2018.
Siem Reap International Airport, however, confirmed the decline in the destination’s appeal in 2019. After seeing its growth rate slowing down to 6.4% in 2018, passengers’ movement dropped sharply last year. With 12.4% fewer air travellers, the airport passed again under the four-million mark, at 3.92 million passengers. UNESCO Angkor Historical Park registered also a decline of international visitors last year and has been even named as ‘a tourism site’ to avoid due to overcrowding by many international travel magazines.
VINCI is now working at a new expansion of Sihanoukville Airport in 2020.