Cambodia, China boost construction of Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport

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Cambodia, China boost construction of Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport

01 October 2022

A group of Chinese experts from the Angkor International Airport Investment (AIAI) Company are in Cambodia to complete the construction and discuss the transfer plan, as the project is scheduled to be completed in March 2023.

At Council of Ministers on September 29, Tek Reth Samrach, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister and chairman of the Steering Committee for the Construction of Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, met with a high-level delegation from Yunnan Investment Group, a largest shareholder of the company implementing the Siem Reap-Angkor international airport project, led by Vice President Liu Mingling.

Liu Mingling appreciated the Committee for its full support and attention to facilitate the implementation of this project until it achieved good results. He requested to continue and provide support to complete construction and expedite the transfer of airport operations, including staff and equipment.

Appreciating the positive results that all stakeholders participated in to make this important project possible quickly, Tek Reth Samrach urged the AIAI Operations Team and all stakeholders to work hard to complete the important work. The airport will be completed in March 2023 and the airport will be officially opened in October 2023.

He also asked the company to be ready to discuss in detail the transfer operation plan of the airport for the participation of all stakeholders in the future.

The project was signed in Phnom Penh in October 2016 between the Royal Government of Cambodia, represented by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and AIAI Company, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Hun Sen and Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.

The Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport project is a project to boost growth in tourism and the economy in Cambodia. When completed, the airport will be able to receive large aircraft landings, which will bring more tourists from all over the world to Cambodia.

Sin Chanserivutha, Undersecretary of State and Spokesman for Civil Aviation, told Khmer Times, “At the end of August 2022, the construction of the new Siem Reap Angkor International Airport reached 40.67 percent and the progress of the construction of the airport will reach 70 percent in December 2022.”

However, he expressed reservations as “the construction of the airport may be delayed than planned due to China’s Zero-Covid policy, which has a negative impact on the production chain, supply of construction equipment rising shipping costs, rising costs of some materials and travel in and out of skilled engineers.”

He went on to add that “during the third quarterly meeting of the Technical Working Group on Monitoring and Consulting (MOA-WG) for the construction of Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport of the Secretariat of State for Civil Aviation, led by Mao Havanal, who has advise construction companies to strive and expedite the completion of construction as planned, despite difficulties and obstacles.”