Cambodian airline to study Japanese route

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SIEM REAP, 9 May 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air is undertaking a study to assess travel demand for a proposed new service linking Siem Reap to Japan.

Khmer Times quoted the airline’s marketing general manager, Eng Molina, saying Cambodia Angkor Air was studying the market before making a decision.

The airline launched its first charter flight from Japan to Siem Reap last week.

“Japan is a big potential market…we are now studying the market in detail to see how best to connect Cambodia and Japan through Cambodia Angkor Air.”

He added: “We are focusing mostly on tourists. If the charter flights are successful, we will launch scheduled flights in the near future. It will be up to market demand.”

The airline is using A320 and A321s for the charter flights.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched a daily flight between Tokyo (Narita) and Phnom Penh 1 September last year.

For the first two months of this year, Cambodia welcomed 40,720 Japanese tourists increasing 14.1% from 35,701 visits during the same period last year.

Last year, the kingdom attracted 191,577 Japanese tourists slightly decreasing 0.9% from 193,330 visits in 2015, according to Statistics and Tourism Information Department data.