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Small nation to build one of world's largest airports

However, predicted passenger numbers remain a mystery

Despite tourism to the country rising in recent years - thanks to ever-popular Angkor Wat - travel through Cambodia remains small-scale, especially relative to neighbouring giants Thailand, Malaysia and even Vietnam.


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But that hasn’t stopped the Cambodian government approving a Cambodia Airport Investment proposal to build what it says would be one of the world’s largest airports.


Earmarked for Kandal Province, around 30 kilometres south of capital Phnom Penh, the new US$1.5 billion airport would sit on 2,600 hectares, placing it just below Chicago O’Hare Airport as the world’s ninth largest airport by size. By comparison, the current Phnom Penh International Airport is about 400 hectares.


According to The Phnom Penh Post, whilst the proposal has been approved, details of the project are still in their infancy.


“The project will need a long time [to materialise] because we need to negotiate on many criteria, on the frameworks of the agreement,” said Sin Chansereyvutha, a spokesperson for the Cambodian government’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).


Meanwhile, Cambodia Airports, which operates the current Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports, has applied to expand both of its hubs to cater to growing demand, a company spokesperson told the Post.   


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 19 January 2018

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