Cambodia’s New Airport Boosts Tourism for Angkor Wat


Summary: Cambodia opens a new airport near Angkor Wat to enhance its tourism industry and increase visitor numbers.

Cambodia has inaugurated its largest airport, the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, which aims to serve as an upgraded gateway to the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex. The airport, built at a cost of $1.1 billion, features a 11,810-foot long runway and can handle up to 7 million passengers annually. With plans to expand its capacity to accommodate 12 million passengers by 2040, the airport is part of a 55-year build-operate-transfer program between Cambodia and China. The old airport, located closer to the temple site, is being retired due to concerns about potential damage to the temple foundations caused by vibrations from flight operations. Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism hopes that the new airport will attract more international tourists who play a crucial role in the country’s economy. The official inauguration of the airport is scheduled for November 16, 2023, with Prime Minister Hun Manet and top Chinese officials expected to attend. Another Chinese-funded airport is also under construction in Phnom Penh, costing $1.5 billion, and is set to be completed in 2024.

Tags: Cambodia, Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, Angkor Wat, tourism, Chinese-funded airport