May 11, 2015

A direct flight between Cambodia and Indonesia

PHNOM PENH, 2015: With an aim to boost tourism and trade, there has been a discussion between the leaders of Cambodia and Indonesia of a direct flight connecting the two countries.

According to the Phnom Penh Post, Mr. Hun Sen – the Cambodian Prime Minister and Mr. Joko Widodo – the Indonesian President discussed about the direct flight in a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum East Asia (Jakarta) last week.

No further information was brought out and even if there is a direct air link between the two countries, it is not sure that any Airline would take the option for scheduled services. However, it is Siem Reap not Phnom Penh the main tourist site.

“We must encourage discussions between the foreign affairs ministries of both countries to have direct flights”, Mr. Hun Sen stated.

Mr. Ho Vandy – the Co-Chair of the Sector at Government-Private Sector Forum said that Garuda Airlines – the national Airline of Indonesia had signed a MoU with Cambodia three years ago but there has been no steps taken yet.

The trade between Indonesia and Cambodia still remains small. However, Indonesia ranked as the 18th biggest source of visitors to Cambodia in 2014.


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