AirAsia Cambodia heralds a new chapter for Cambodian travel and Asean integration

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AirAsia has announced the commencement of its seventh airline, AirAsia Cambodia, marking a significant step forward not just in the country’s aviation landscape but strengthening Asean as a vibrant aviation hub.

AirAsia Cambodia is poised to commence its operations on Thursday, 2 May 2024, following the handover of its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on Tuesday.

With an initial fleet of two Airbus A320s, the airline will operate from the bustling hub of Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), connecting travellers to the iconic cities of Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, and beyond through hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

The start of the new airline represents an important milestone for the AirAsia Group as it recently announced its “ONE Airline” strategy.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A said: “Today is a historic day for AirAsia as we open a new chapter in Cambodia whose story of perseverance, resilience, and growth deeply inspires us. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Secretariat of State Civil Aviation (SSCA) of Cambodia for awarding the Air Operator’s Certificate to AirAsia.

“The wealth of opportunities present in Cambodia, a country with huge economic potential is truly compelling given its strategic location within the Asean region. Cambodia’s economic growth trajectory and increasing integration into the global economy position it as a key player in the region’s development landscape.

“AirAsia’s expansion into Cambodia underscores our profound grasp of the Asean market.

“Cambodia’s dynamic population of 17 million and its growing youth segment present a substantial consumer base and an opportunity to cater to domestic demand whilst contributing to its economic progress.

“As AirAsia Cambodia prepares for takeoff, we are excited to leverage these opportunities to a broader ecosystem across our Capital A lines of business.

“From our digital businesses, such as online booking app AirAsia MOVE to fintech BigPay, logistics Teleport, and Capital A Aviation Services Group, including our MRO service provider Asia Digital Engineering, we look forward to integrating a wide range of services that will strengthen our capabilities of offering unrivalled services to the Asean community.”

Vissoth Nam, CEO of AirAsia Cambodia said: “AirAsia has a long history in Cambodia and we are proud to chart a new milestone not only for the airline industry in the region but for the country today.

“AirAsia Cambodia is a testament to Cambodian ingenuity and dedication, tailored to serve the needs of our people which is above and beyond mere transportation.

“With our roots firmly planted in the country’s soil, we are committed to uplifting communities, empowering entrepreneurs, and fostering economic growth with a multiplier effect.

“The enhanced air connectivity has also contributed to the steady growth of the Asean tourism industry at an annual average rate of almost 10 per cent in the last decade.

“As AirAsia Cambodia joins the fray, we are poised to further expand on this growth while unlocking new experiences and opportunities for millions of Cambodians at the best value and world’s best services.

“As a homegrown airline, we are also deeply humbled by the support received from Samdech Moha Borvor Tiphadei Hun Manet, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia for our establishment, reaffirming our shared commitment to providing accessible travel options for Cambodians.

“With his invaluable support, we stand poised and confident in our ability to connect communities, facilitate economic exchange, and foster cultural ties across the region.

“His endorsement further strengthens our resolve to catalyse positive change and prosperity within Asean and beyond starting with Cambodia.”