Cutting the ribbon for the first-ever non-stop service between the Philippines and Cambodia at Siem Reap Airport were Cambodia Airports’ CEO Emmanuel Menanteau; Hos Serynthonh, Cambodian Ambassador to the Philippines; Mao Havanall, Cambodian Secretary of State for Civil Aviation; Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific’s GM Long Haul Division; Pak Sokhom, Undersecretary of State, Cambodian Ministry of Tourism; and Noe Wong, Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia. The first passenger to check in was awarded a travel voucher for return travel on the same route. The inaugural flight was operated by two captains; Brooke Castillo, the first Filipino female commercial jet captain, and Manny Osias, 2011 Airline Pilot of the Year Awardee in the Philippines.
- Having recently launched new routes from Manila (MNL) to Hanoi and Xiamen, Cebu Pacific continues to grow its international network out of the Philippine capital with services to Siem Reap (REP). The carrier, which is currently the second-largest international airline in the Philippines and plans to introduce low-cost long-haul services, will offer three weekly flights on the pioneering route to the Cambodian city, which serves as the gateway to the Angkor region, world-famous for its temples. This is the first and only non-stop connection between the Philippines and Cambodia. The airline’s fleet of 150-seat A319s will be deployed on the 1,900-kilometre route. Inaugurating the new service on 19 April, Candice Iyog, the airline’s VP Marketing and Distribution, commented: “Full load on the maiden flight marks a momentous occasion for the Philippine-Cambodia tourism.”