Phnom Penh Airport welcomed the arrival of Shenzhen Airlines’ inaugural service from Shenzhen on 20 December. The carrier will offer daily flights on the 1,556-kilometre airport pair and faces incumbent competition in the form of China Southern Airlines and Spring Airlines, which also provide daily flights. All three carriers operate A320s on this route.
- Shenzhen Airlines commenced operations on a new service from Shenzhen (SZX) to Phnom Penh (PNH) on 20 December. The 1,556-kilometre route will be operated daily with A320s. Shenzhen faces direct competition from two other Chinese carriers on this sector. OAG schedules show that China Southern Airlines and Spring Airlines will also operate daily frequencies on the route during the week commencing 2 January 2018, with both carriers also using A320s. According to Cambodia Airports, Shenzhen becomes the seventh Chinese carrier to serve Phnom Penh, with four Cambodian airlines also operating to and from China. Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is aiming to welcome two million Chinese visitors per year by 2020. Éric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, the company developing and operating Cambodia’s network of international airports, discussed connectivity to and from China. “It has been a market that has gained prominence with developing inbound and outbound traffic. Most of China’s major cities have established air links with our airports and that has benefited passengers, as they have a full array of travel options with more destinations, airlines, and frequencies.”