2 Cambodia-registered airlines launch new routes to China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-23 19:03:25|Editor: Xiang Bo
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PHNOM PENH, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two Cambodia-registered airlines have announced new routes connecting Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, to destinations in China, an English-language daily newspaper reported on Monday.

Carrier Cambodia Airways will launch a regular non-stop flight between Phnom Penh and Shenzhen in southeastern China on Dec. 27, the Khmer Times reported, citing an airline's statement.

The same company will begin flying to Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province, from Phnom Penh on Jan 2.

Shenzen and Chengdu are important transportation hubs.

"The new routes will make travelling between these three cities more convenient and give passengers more options," the company said in the statement.

"We have been looking forward to the launch of these two routes for a long time and we expect that they will promote trade and cooperation between the countries," it added.

JC Airlines will begin flying to Guiyang from Phnom Penh on Dec. 29. Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou province, in China's southwest.

The number of direct flights with China has been growing dramatically. Cambodian airports now handle about 500 flights to and from destinations in China every week, according to a report from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).

SSCA said Phnom Penh is connected with 23 cities in China by air, while northwestern Siem Reap province and southwestern Preah Sihanouk province are linked to 23 and 15 destinations in that country, respectively.

Nineteen airlines operate routes between the two countries, the SSCA said, adding that 14 of these airlines are Chinese and the rest are local.

China continues to be the largest source of tourists for Cambodia.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia welcomed more than 2 million Chinese tourists in the first 10 months of 2019, up 24.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

During that period, Chinese nationals represented 38 percent of all foreign arrivals.

The ministry aims to welcome 3 million Chinese tourists a year by 2020, 5 million by 2025, and 8 million by 2030.