Cambodia opens new Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport in October to boost visitors
Cambodia welcomed over 4.2 million international tourists in September. Starting in May, the number of international visitors showed an over 90% recovery, boosted by travelers from Thailand, Vietnam, and China.
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat were the top two destinations among foreign visitors, while domestic visitors enjoyed coastal zones, namely Preah Sihanouk.
With the newly opened Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport in October, it is now easier to travel to the most popular attractions in Cambodia, Angkor Wat, via air transportation. The new airport is equipped with a 3,600-meter-long runway with an annual capacity of 7 million passengers.
The new airport replaced the old airport, which is about 5 kilometers from the attraction, and brought damaging vibration to the foundations of the temples. The new airport was built at a cost of approximately $1 billion under a 55-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) program between Cambodia and China.
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