Skywings Asia Airlines has launched seasonal direct charter flights between Sihanoukville and South Korea.
The new flight aboard A320-200, which will run between July and August, will link the beach resort of Sihanoukville to the South Korean tourism market. South Koreans accounted for 11.6 percent of total tourist arrivals to the Kingdom in the first five months of 2014.
Afterwards, the flights will be combined with current flights to Siem Reap offering a full tourism package that includes the country’s two famous destinations.
“The first flights during this summer season are a way for us to test the market. We are considering having daily flights in the coming Winter season 2014-2015,” said Mak Rady, chief executive of Skywings Asia Airlines.
The lack of direct flights into Sihanoukville has slowed down government’s efforts to transform the Cambodian coast into a key international tourist destination.
“The launch of Skywings Asia Airlines’ international charters from Seoul to Sihanoukville is a move in the right direction towards developing the Cambodian coastal city into a destination in its own right,” said Patrine Tay, marketing and sales director for Cambodia Airports.
Passenger growth at Sihanouk International Airport went up 146 percent to 20,400 passengers in the first six months of 2014, figures from Cambodia Airports show.