AKP Phnom Penh, December 13, 2017 –The Phnom Penh International Airport’s new Arrivals Hall and the extension of the Boarding Concourse was inaugurated here this morning under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Bin Chhin.
Following the completion of a US$100-million expansion programme in 2016, this second phase of the investment worth US$26 million, was initiated to address steadily increasing arrivals and to further provide high quality services to airport users, said the Cambodia Airports in a media release issued today.
According to the same source, more than 10,000 square meters have been added to the existing passenger terminal and some areas were fully renovated. The extended arrivals hall has been equipped with two new conveyor belts, conferring comfort to passengers and contributing in speeding up baggage delivery.
The Domestic Departure Concourse was expanded and two additional boarding gates were commissioned. With its modular design, the lounge can conveniently be converted to cater to international passengers in case of operational needs, especially to ease flows at the departure lounges.
At the inauguration ceremony, H.E. Bin Chhin, also Acting Minister of the Office of the Council of Ministers, emphasised the critical impacts of the airports activities on Cambodia’s economy and development.
In a study carried-out in 2015, the international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville accounted for 17 percent of the country’s GDP and provided jobs for 20 percent of its working population. The three platforms have been developed and managed by Cambodia Airports, a company of France’s VINCI Airports in partnership with Malaysia’s Muhibbah, since 1995, he added.
“With this investment programme, we want to keep pace with traffic growth and bolster our airport capacity. Along with the network’s two other airports, Phnom Penh international Airport is fully prepared to accommodate the 7-million visitors expected in Cambodia by year 2020 and beyond,” said Mr. Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports.