Cambodia continue to aim more direct air links with all Asean member. Two additional new airlines from Philippines and Indonesia will be launching connecting flight to the Kingdom this year.
PAL President Jaime Bautista announced, "Philippine Airlines' strategic vision is to make the Philippines a true gateway to Asia. It will leverage Manila's excellent geographical location as an ideal stopover point for people flying to Southeast and South Asia from the east and west coasts of North America.
PAL's 156-seater Airbus A320 and 199-seater Airbus A321 classic will be use for the flights.
It will have 5 flights to Phnom Penh in weekly basis – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Starting April 1, flights will depart from Manila at 10:10 pm and arrive at Phnom Penh at 11:45 pm.
Long waiting airline flights between Cambodia and Indonesia will resume after suspended in February 1969 due to the Cambodian civil war.
The wholly owned subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia - low-fare carrier Citilink plans to become the first airline to offer a direct connection between the two countries. While Citilink has yet to finalize frequency plans, Garuda plans to follow with service between Bali and Phnom Penh later in the year.
With the realization of Indonesia-Cambodia route, Indonesian Ambassador – Sudirman Haseng targeted a 50 percent increase of tourist visit from Cambodia to Indonesia. Last year, 6,000 Cambodian tourists visited Indonesia, an increase of 23 percent from the tourist visit in 2016.
The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Phen, Cambodia, recorded around 55,000 Indonesian citizens visited Cambodia in 2017. This direct flight will also benefit the shipping industry in addition to the tourism sector.