The airline claims it is ready for the green light to restart international travel
Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd stated on September 21 that it is ready to take South Korean and Chinese tourists to Cambodia, provided the Cambodian government follows through on promises to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors.
The Siem Reap-based airline made the statement during a courtesy call on Thong Khon in response to the Minister of Tourism’s request to be ready to restart passenger flights as soon as Prime Minister Hun Sen declares a resumption of foreign travel.
According to Khon, the announcement is planned in the near future, who added that the reopening plans will adopt a “safe tourism” approach.
According to Khon, who cited the prime minister, tourists must endure a seven-day quarantine at certain tourist sites that are not related to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Sky Angkor general manager Koo Taeoh stated that after the prime minister has granted the go-ahead, CEO Mak Rady would collaborate with South Korean and Chinese travel firms to promote tourism to the Kingdom.
He also highlighted intentions to invest in new tourism goods in the Siem Reap-Angkor area, which would result in more foreign visitors to the World Heritage Site.
Sky Angkor, founded in 2010 and took its first flight in June 2011, provided internal flights from the capital to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and direct flights to Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, India, mainland China, and Taiwan.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the number of foreign visitors entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports decreased by 92.5 per cent year on year in the first seven months of this year.
According to ministry data released on September 3, the airports handled 51,729 international travellers in the January-July period, compared to 693,064 in the previous year.
The number of foreign visitors to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville international airports fell by 88.7 per cent and 87.5 per cent, respectively.
Only four people arrived at Siem Reap International Airport, representing an almost 100% decrease.
Notably, foreign visitor arrivals by air, land, and sea fell by 90.6 per cent to 112,544 from 1.2 million the previous year during the seven months ending July 31.