Phnom Penh [Cambodia], August 10: Cambodia registered 908,059 air travelers during the first seven months of 2022, up nearly 500 percent compared to the same period last year, a spokesman said in a news release on Tuesday.
Sin Chansereyvutha, spokesman for the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said that 26 airlines, including six airlines from China, had operated some 12,550 flights to the kingdom's three international airports during the January-July period this year, up 110 percent from almost 6,000 flights in the same period last year.
He attributed the remarkable rise to the Southeast Asian nation's full opening of borders to all travelers without quarantine since last November after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated against the COVID-19.
The increase in the number of passengers and flights is a sign showing that the tourism sector is returning to the path of the pre-pandemic growth, Chansereyvutha said. "We predict that the number of air passengers will reach the pre-pandemic level in late 2023 or early 2024."
According to the spokesman, for air freight, the kingdom saw a 4.4 percent drop in air cargo volume to 34,547 tons during the first seven months of this year.
Source: Xinhua