Siem Reap (FN), Dec. 8 - Cambodia will have direct flights from Phnom Penh to Beijing, China in January 2019, Eric Delobe, CEO of Cambodia Airport addressed to EU Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar and a group 

of journalists visiting Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap province on 4 December 2018.

Beijing-Phnom Penh direct flights will be launched amid the good relations between Cambodia-China, growth of Chinese tourists to Cambodia, and to boost tourism sector as part of the Kingdom’s economic growth.

The direct flights also aims to further strengthen the ties between the two countries, and facilitate tourists, investment, and trade.

Eric Delobe who is in charge of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville International Airports said that Cambodia received a total of 8.8 million passengers last year, an increase of 25% compared to the year before, and expected to receive 10 million for 2018.

He added that besides travelers, the company also transported goods, which was a major factor in supporting Cambodian economic development. In 2017, approximately 60,000 tonnes of products passed through the airport, an increase of 40% compared to the year before, indicating high demand in air transport.

According to Eric, Cambodia Airport is working to ensure the kingdom’s airports connects to those in ASEAN and other major international airports. As of today, Cambodia has 60 destinations worldwide.