According to Cambodia Airports’ press release: The Siem Reap International Airport handled more than 340,000 passengers in the month of January, breaking the 300,000 mark for the first time in its history.
The figure represents a 27 percent increase year-on-year, on the back of an equally robust 32 percent growth just the year before in 2011, it said. Aircraft movements, at 3,366, also scaled the 3,000 mark for the first time, therefore achieving double-win for the airport, underlined the press release.
“We are delighted to see the robust traffic growth in Siem Reap, driven by the rising interest in the Angkor Watt temples and in Cambodia, as a whole. We are confident that Cambodia, with its wide array of cultural, eco-touristic attractions and beach destination, presents an appealing offering to travelers,” Mr. Emmanuel Menanteau, CEO of Cambodia Airports said.
North Asia stands out as the largest contributor of traffic into the city, indicated the press release.
According to 2012 figures from the Immigration authorities, South Korean arrivals into Siem Reap jumped 24 percent to 611,000, namely approximately one-third of the total arrivals. China soared 56.5 percent to come in second with 335,000, while Japan maintained its steady growth at 8 percent to 244,000.
The trend is expected to continue in 2013. More than 1,000 extra charter flights, on top of scheduled operations, will be mounted in the traditional January-March peak season. Most of them originate from Korea and China, which typically see a peak in outbound travel during the winter period.