Phnom Penh (FN), Jun. 14 – As of June 2022, the Techo Ta Khmau International Airport has completed 33 per cent of the first phase, while it is expected to be fully completed in 2024.

Mao Havannal, minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, led a group of investors to visit the construction project of the airport in Kandal Province on Tuesday (Jun 14).

"The new [Techo Ta Khmau] International Airport project may be completed by the end of 2023 or early 2024 and will officially launch in early 2025," the minister underlined.

Havannal continued that despite the prolonged COVID19 pandemic, the construction of this international airport is still ongoing.

Deputy general director of OCIC and president of Cambodia Airport Investment Co., Ltd (CAIC) Charles Vann said that the construction of the first phase of the Techo Ta Khmau International Airport has completed 33 percent, which costs approximately USD 461 million.

"I am confident that this tour visit of airlines and partners will encourage the progress of Techo Ta Khmau International Airport, as well as further strengthen our management to ensure smooth and safety in the airport's facilities and operations. I look forward to welcoming everyone in the official launch of our new international airport in 2024," Charles underlined.

Mao Havannal expected air travel will return to normalcy by the end of 2023 as the number of air travel declined by almost 100 percent in 2020 and 2021.