Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Cambodia Rebuilding Sihanoukville and Kratie Airports

The Standard - China's Business Newspaper reports 13 June 06:
"Cambodia has approved plans for an international airport in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, hoping that rebuilding the facility will boost tourism.

Soy Sokhan, an undersecretary of state for civil aviation, said a rebuilt airport would be able to take direct flights from neighboring countries, allowing visitors to head for the country's beaches and have a quick link to the Angkor temple town of Siem Reap.

Like many of Cambodia's smaller airports that were once part of an extensive domestic network, the facility in Sihanoukville, 230 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh, is closed.

The government hopes to reopen it to domestic flights by the end of the year and later introduce international routes, said Soy Sokhan.

There are also plans to reopen the airport in the northeastern town of Kratie, near a stretch of the Mekong river home to endangered Irrawaddy dolphins that Cambodia hopes to preserve as a tourist attraction."
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