Jimenez: Cebu Pacific now flies to Siem Reap, Cambodia-A A +A
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
THE country's leading low-cost carrier (LCC), Cebu Pacific Air recently made its maiden flight last April 19 from Manila to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
The first aircraft of CEB left the NAIA Terminal 3 with a full load of passengers to experience the entry of the Philippines to Siem Reap. On board were eighty-one teachers of a catholic school Batangas for a leisure travel to see the sights of Siem Reap. Along with the maiden flight were leisure travelers, travel writers and airline officials with no less than Cambodia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Philippines, Hos Sereythonh, Msc, leading the inaugural rites at the NAIA3 and joining the maiden flight to Siem Reap, as well.
Reaching Siem Reap for just more than two hours of fun flight on Cebu Pacific Air, the warm welcome by the officials of Cambodia was a touching moment for the Philippines to now see the Cambodian way of hospitality plus the tourism potentials of the place.
Cambodian Airports has developed and managed this international airport of Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor archaeological park. Since 1995, the people behind Cambodia Airports have devoted their energy, dedication, expertise and creativity to build the network of international airports that has contributed to drive the country's opportunities by facilitating the exchange of goods, services and the connection of people and cultures.
It as in 1995 that the Royal Government of Cambodia entrusted Cambodia Airports (formerly SCA or Societe Concessionanaire de l'Aeroport until the company's rebranding in 2011) with the concession of Phnom Pen Airport. The Royal Government of Cambodia implemented in 1998 the "Open Sky" policy, opening Siem Reap Airport to international flights. By 2005, Siem Reap International Airport celebrated the crossing of the 1-million passenger mark a year; ISO certification of PPIA's IT, airport pass, maintenance and terminal departments.
Over 95% of Siem Reap the International Airport's traffic consists of tourists visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Concurrently, Cambodia Airports is finalizing the master plan for the ultimate development phase for the coming two decades. To address the expansion program planned to be completed in 2025, over US$380 million will be invested. This year will definitely be a turning point year.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 09, 2012.