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Some planned airport projects in Cambodia are progressing, while new projects are delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha said the construction of Dara Sakor International Airport is expected to commence later this year or early next year. The company is currently in the process of applying for aerodrome certification, one of the essential requirements before an airport can be given the green light. Plans to build new international airports have been put on hold as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to keep tourists and business travelers from visiting the Kingdom. Investors in new airports in Koh Kong, Battambang and Mondulkiri provinces have postponed their construction plans. “Investors are not clear in calculating when the disease will be cured and when transportation will recover, which is why they are delaying investing in the airport,” Chansereyvutha said. One of the projects that has been postponed is a joint venture between LYP group and Bangkok Airways. to build a new airport in coastal Ko Khon province, which boasts several resort areas. Initially, the airport was to be built on the site of the former Koh Kong Airport in Khemarak Phoumin City. It was then relocated to a site of around 600 hectares at Koh Por Village in the Mondul Seima District of the province. The planned June opening of Dara Sakor Airport, also in Koh Kong province, has been delayed even though construction has finished. The project was originally developed by Chinese firm Tianjin Union Development Group (UDG), but is now under the control a new group, Coastal Airport Investment Company. Chanserivutha said the delay was because a technical team could not travel to the airport to oversee test flights, due to the Coronavirus. The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation wrapped-up a feasibility study at the end of March into a new airport in Mondulkiri Province, which borders Vietnam. China Power International Group agreed to invest in the USD 60-million project last year. It is understood that the project is also on hold until potential passenger demand increases. There were also plans to rebuild a small, abandoned airport three kilometers from the center of Battambang city with funding from private investors. The airport covers nearly 129 hectares. Battambang Airport had one of the Kingdom’s busiest runways when it opened in 1968 but went out of operation during the Khmer Rouge era. It was reopened and used for civilian fights until the end of the 1990s but never returned to full operational status. In 2020, Cambodia’s three international airports welcomed 2.13 million people, including domestic and transit passengers, down 79 percent from 2019. Cambodia Airports manages the three international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville but is not connected to the planned new international airports. However, a spokesman said any delay would not profit the company in terms of steering more customers to its three international hubs. “The crisis is not going to be beneficial for anyone. The crisis is for the whole industry and for the country,” Cambodia Airports spokesman Norinda Khek said. #1149.6

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