The inaugural flight of Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways touched down in Siem Reap from Hanoi on Sunday in a further sign of the rebuilding of the tourism industry hit by Covid-19 pandemic.
In December, Siem Reap International Airport started to witness the return of international flights after a 20-month hiatus resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel.
The airport currently accommodates routes from/to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi, and two domestic liaisons.
Stephen King, Chief Commercial Officer at Cambodia Airports, the company that operates the Kingdom’s three international airports, said this is a breakthrough during difficult times.
“In this challenging time, it is a breakthrough to welcome a new carrier,” King said in a statement on Monday. “This is a further sign of the rebuilding of tourism after the successful vaccination campaign led by Cambodian authorities and subsequent reopening of the Kingdom’s borders.”
Thach Pierre Hoang, Deputy CCO of Bamboo Airways, said in a statement on Monday that this first non-stop Hanoi-Siem Reap flight is Bamboo Airways’ next effort in the journey of expanding its international presence.
Hoang added the Airways is expected to open more routes in the future. “In addition, we expect our new Vietnam-Cambodia route will fulfill its crucial role as an aviation bridge and make a substantial contribution to the development of both countries in all aspects, such as tourism, economy, culture,” he said.
Cambodia’s tourism was hit hard by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, causing many businesses to close their doors. The pandemic also led to a loss of employment in the industry.
In May, Aun Pornmoniroth, Minister of Economy and Finance and Chairman of the National Committee for Tourism Development, inaugurated the “Tourism Rehabilitation Project” with a budget of $150 million. A total of $75 million came from the government and the remainder from banks.