Cambodian airlines fly to beaches

PHNOM PENH, 10 July 2018: Two of Cambodia’s start-up airlines, JC International and Lanmei Airlines, are increasing international services this month.

JC International flies its newest service to Sanya, China, mainly targeting Cambodians looking for a beach holiday alternative to Thailand.

Lanmei Airlines will offer a service to Male in the Maldives, the first direct air link from Siem Reap, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat, to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

JC Cambodia confirmed it has added a flight from Phnom Penh to Sanya in southern China, effective 2 July.

Using an A320 aircraft, the airline serves the route three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from its Phnom Penh base.

Currently, the airline is promoting the resort city, often called “China’s Florida,” on its website posting a roundtrip fare of USD157.2 or USD94.2 one-way.

A resort city on the southern end of China’s Hainan Island, there are several bays with large beach resorts.

Yalong Bay is best known for its upscale hotels, although Sanya has attracted various international hotels chains on all of its beaches. There are now around 100 hotels

The destination is also a port of call for international cruise ships.

JC International Airlines is a Cambodian carrier based at Phnom Penh International Airport. Funded by Yunnan province’s Jingcheng Group, with a registered capital of USD50 million, JC International Airlines operates a fleet of A320s. It launched inaugural service to Siem Reap-Macau on 17 March 2017.

Lanmei Airlines will be the first Cambodian airline to fly directly to the Maldives from Siem Reap.

The airline confirmed 19 July is the launch date for the new service, according to Airlineroute timetable information, but a check of the airline’s website booking options fails to identify Male as a bookable destination from Siem Reap.

There is a short mention of the Maldives in a Chinese listing on the airline’s website describing it as a “famous honeymoon destination”.

It might suggest the airline is planning to sell the route to Chinese tour operators marketing honeymoon packages to the Maldives with a stopover in Siem Reap, home of the World Heritage Angkor Wat.

According to Airlineroute it will offer a nonstop service three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, using an Airbus A319 aircraft.

The airline’s website is probably the must user-unfriendly site a traveller could encounter.

Lanmei Airlines is a Chinese-owned low-cost airline registered in Cambodia that started operations in mid-September 2017.