Cambodia opens Chinese-funded airport to serve Angkor temple tourists

17 November 2023
2023-11-17 10:32

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Manet inaugurated the country's new billion-dollar Chinese-funded airport near the Angkor Wat temple complex, saying it would boost the vital tourism sector.

Hun Manet hailed the Siem Reap Angkor International Airport as "modern" as he cut a ribbon to officially open it. He said it was the first Cambodian air facility developed under Beijing's Belt and Road global investment project, and the 1.1 billion USD hub would stimulate tourism.

The new airport, with a 3,600-metre runway, is located about 40 kilometres from Cambodia's famed Angkor temples park in Siem Reap, the country's main tourist destination.

Another huge airport is also under construction outside the capital Phnom Penh, costing 1.5 billion USD and expected to open in 2025. Cambodia received 3.7 million foreign tourists so far in 2023.

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