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Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017
At the present, Cambodia has daily flights from Dubai and Yangon as Emirates Airlines generated a new air link that connects the capital cities of two developing Indochinese markets effectively. From July 1 2017, Phnom Penh is the latest destination which Emirates started serving, with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration. Badr Abbas, the senior vice-president of Commercial-Far East of Emirates, discussed regarding this with Khmer Times’ Sum Manet about his airline’s presence in Cambodia.
KT: What was the reason that made you decide to have direct flights from Dubai to Cambodia?
Mr Abbas: Phnom Penh was one of the preliminary destinations for Emirates Airlines. In the entire Southeast Asia, Cambodia is one of the fast growing economies. Side by side, Phnom Penh is also the largest city in Cambodia, which is equally well-known very for being the commercial centre of the country. We have witnessed steady increase in visitor arrivals, reaching 4.7 million in 2015, and it is expected to grow to eight million by 2020.
Besides, the place is considered as the gateway to the world famous Angkor Wat, which is quite near to Siem Reap. Additionally, the growth in infrastructure development in Phnom Penh is noteworthy, as well as its being a prominent economic and touristic destination. In March 2016, we have also noticed passenger entertainment and expansion which has added to the growth and doubled the passenger capacity.
KT: What type of carriers are you using on this route?
Mr Abbas: Presently we are operating the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration. The capacity of the airbus is 42 business class and 310 economy class. It’s a huge whiteboard aircraft. We are anticipating large numbers to visitors from Cambodia traveling in white network globally and we are expecting large tourist arrivals majorly from Europe to be flying Emirates to Cambodia.
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