SEPANG, 11 AUGUST 2017: AirAsia introduced its newest route, Thursday, linking Kuala Lumpur and Sihanoukville, in Cambodia.
Effective 10 August, the airline flies four weekly services direct from Kuala Lumpur to Cambodia’s southern coastal port and beach resort.
The town’s airport is located 7 km to the north of the port and has up until now been served by domestic airlines and a flight from Vietnam.
AirAsia is the first ASEAN airline to offer a flight from the Malaysian capital to resort town.
On arrival, 10 August, a welcome ceremony was also held at the Sihanouk International Airport with a water cannon salute for Airbus 320, packed with VIPs, media and guests.
AirAsia Berhad head of commercial, Spencer Lee said: “We are thrilled that our first flight to Sihanoukville marked a milestone with a successful full flight for our 50th unique route. As a truly ASEAN airline, it remains our commitment to drive tourism to all countries that we operate in especially within the region. This coastal city in Cambodia presents great potential and dynamic opportunities in terms of tourism.”
The new route marks the 120th destinations for the airline, which serves 27 countries.
The flight has been under study for around a year following the visit of an AirAsia executive to the Mekong Tourism Forum that was hosted in Sihanoukville in June 2016.
There were reports that Bangkok Airways was also considering a Bangkok-Sihanoukville service, but the idea apparently failed to gain traction with its cautious management.
As the country’s fourth-largest city, Sihanoukville to beaches, jungle mountains, mangrove and marine life. It also has close to 20 casinos, a golf course and meeting halls for incentives and corporate events.
Visitors can enjoy trips to the islands of Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Rong or the late night scene along Ochheuteal Beach. Other attractions include Kbal Chhay waterfalls and Ream National Park, the country’s first national park.
AirAsia also connects Kuala Lumpur directly to the capital city of Phnom Penh with 21 weekly flights as well as Siem Reap with 14 flights weekly.