China fuels Cambodia’s airline growth

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation says Cambodia’s aviation market grew briskly for the second consecutive year as national and foreign airlines added routes to China amid a surge in Chinese nationals visiting the country.

The centre reported Cambodia has emerged as one of the fastest growing markets in Southeast Asia, recording 18% passenger growth for the second consecutive year in 2013.

Cambodia’s three commercial airports — Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville– handled 5.1 million passengers in 2013, representing an 18% increase over the 4.3 million passengers handled in 2012, based on figures from Cambodia Airports. …

All five of Cambodia Angkor Air’s other China routes are also currently served with three weekly flights except Guangzhou-Siem Reap, which is served daily according to OAG data. Cambodia Angkor Air also has launched some charter routes to China over the last year, including to Xiamen. …

Total scheduled capacity from Cambodia to China has increased by more than 50% over the last year, according to CAPA and OAG data.

Total one-way capacity between the two countries in the first half of 2014 will fluctuate between about 10,000 and 13,000 weekly one-way seats (the market is highly seasonal).

Cambodia Angkor Air will capture an estimated 19% share of the scheduled Cambodia-China market in April this year, up from about 14% currently and zero just a few months ago.

Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit