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AirAsia Cambodia Makes First Flight

The new airline is aiming to boost domestic travel and better connect Cambodia to the world.

AirAsia Cambodia celebrated its first flight on Thursday (Photo: AirAsia)

AirAsia Cambodia started operations on Thursday with a historic inaugural flight, KT102, connecting Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, to Siem Reap, the gateway to the famed Angkor Wat complex. The new airline wasted no time launching services after receiving its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on Tuesday.

The arrival of Cambodia’s newest airline marks a major leap forward for the Southeast Asian low-cost travel giant. This launch aligns with its recently announced “ONE Airline” strategy, aiming to solidify its dominance in the region. The strategy involves standardizing operations across all subsidiaries for greater efficiency, optimizing its network for better connections, and potentially consolidating branding for a more unified image.

Boosting Domestic and International Travel

AirAsia Cambodia’s arrival ushers in a new era for Cambodian travel, transforming both domestic and international experiences. The airline’s initial routes connect Phnom Penh, the capital, to Siem Reap (gateway to Angkor Wat) and Sihanoukville, a popular coastal destination.

But the benefits extend far beyond Cambodia’s borders. AirAsia Cambodia seamlessly integrates these new destinations into the existing AirAsia network of over 160 destinations across Asia and beyond. This not only strengthens connectivity for international travelers seeking convenient access to Angkor Wat and Sihanoukville but also allows Cambodians to explore a wider world at affordable prices.

AirAsia’s experience transporting over 1.3 million passengers to Cambodia historically positions it well for success. The group’s existing network of 63 weekly international flights to Cambodia from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok further strengthens this advantage. With AirAsia Cambodia’s arrival and daily domestic flights, travel becomes more accessible and affordable for both domestic travelers and international visitors alike.

Vissoth Nam, CEO of AirAsia Cambodia said in a press release: “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.”

AirAsia’s parent company, Capital A, also hailed Thursday’s launch of AirAsia Cambodia as a historic moment, opening a new chapter for Cambodia’s travel sector.CEO Tony Fernandes highlighted the launch’s significance for AirAsia: ” 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.”

Tolga Karadeniz


  • Tolga Karadeniz

    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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