AirAsia expands role in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 30 January 2017: AirAsia, the Malaysia-based low-cost airline, will soon have an office in Cambodia to serve expansion.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported the airline CEO, Anthony Fernandes said AirAsia will open an operations office in Cambodia in the near future.

“An AirAsia’s office will contribute to Cambodia’s human resource training, transport service and civil aviation development,” the CEO told the news service.

inside no 4Currently, AirAsia operates 67 flights to Cambodia per week, he said.

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen said the airline’s plans will draw more visitors to the kingdom.

Khmer Times quoted the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation general director, Keo Sivorn, saying AirAsia’s decision to open an office in Cambodia was in response to the success of its services for both passengers and cargo.

The airline claims its business in the country now justifies having its own office, while in the past it out-sourced ground and customer services to other companies.

The country estimated around 5 million foreign tourists visited Cambodia last year, up 5% compared with 2015. It expects to attract around 7 million foreign tourists by 2020.