First direct flight from Singapore to Sihanoukville

Passenger traffic at Sihanouk International Airport has grown

SIHANOUK International Airport welcomed its third international air service when the maiden SilkAir flight connecting Singapore and Sihanoukville in Cambodia touched down on June 6.

SilkAir is operating services to and from the southern coastal city on a charter basis in order to test the market.

Three other flights are planned this December, a period during which outbound travel peaks due to the school holidays in Singapore.

Patrine Tay, marketing and sales director of Cambodia Airports, said: “We are convinced that this first of the series of charters will help seed demand in SilkAir’s market for Sihanoukville.”

The city is a popular beach destination within Cambodia for its white-sand beaches and has seen arrivals increase, said Tan Han Soo, manager Cambodia for SilkAir.

Tan said: “Although still modest, passenger traffic at Sihanouk International Airport has grown significantly. From January to May 2015, the total number of passengers has increased by 122 per cent to 39,000 从 17,500 在 2014, and we are glad that Sihanoukville has caught the attention of the Singapore market.”