23/02/2016

Cambodia - Civil, Business aviation market projected to grow

Cambodia’s commercial aircraft fleet is expected to expand this year as airlines compete to gain a share of the lucrative Chinese tourism mar­ket, according to a report re­leased by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) on 16 February 2016.

The country's fleet has doubled in size over the past two years due to the launch of new airlines and the expansion of existing ones.

The Cambodian market presents opportunities for business aviation, especially to cater to Chinese business travellers. Both Bayon and Cambodia Angkor Air are expected to acquire new planes to tap into the growing numbers of tourists and business travellers from China.

Cambodia Daily has reported that Bassaka Air, owned by hotel and gaming firm NagaCorp, operates routes between Phnom Penh and Macau, China, and Siem Reap, but is expected to cease the domestic route in order to expand into its targeted Chinese market. This is indicative of some trends in the Cambodian aviation market, which is largely driven by tourists and Chinese business travellers.

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