22 Jul 2019
Chinese-owned airlines are expanding their services in the Kingdom, opening new routes between provinces across China and Sihanoukville, where Chinese nationals are investing heavily.
Last week, Hainan Airlines launched a new route linking Haikou, the capital of Hainan province, to Sihanoukville. The flight operates three times a week using a Boeing 737-800.
Also last week, Lanmei Airlines, a Chinese-owned low-cost airline based in Phnom Penh, started flying to Sihanoukville from Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, as well as from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.
Earlier this month, the same airline launched a route connecting the Cambodian coastal city to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province.
The airline plans to begin flying to Yunnan province’s Jinghong from Sihanoukville next month.
In late June, Lanmei Airlines also began operating a direct flight from Siem Reap to Shanxi province’s Datong.
Moreover, JC Airlines recently launched a direct flight between Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province, to Siem Reap, home of Unesco-listed Angkor Archaeological Park.
The Chinese provinces of Jilin and Zhejiang will also soon get a direct flight to the Kingdom, according to an industry insider.