Qatar Airways has announced that it will be launching a new route to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, from early next year in an effort to further expand its Asia Pacific network, making it the first Middle Eastern airline to fly to the emerging Southeast Asian nation.
Due to begin operation on February 20, Phnom Penh will be the latest addition in the Doha-based airlines expanding reach in Asia, which now represents 30 per cent of its 119-city network.
Qatar Airways now flies to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Hanoi, Osaka, Mumbai, Karachi, Goa, Shanghai and Beijing. Phnom Penh will be the eleventh city in the carrier’s Asian network.
The new route will connect with Phnom Penh’s international airport, which is currently undergoing an expansion project to accommodate 5 million visitors expected to arrive in the country by 2017, more than double the current amount.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has told media that the new route to Phnom Penh “will offer easier access to Cambodia for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and North America.”
“As we continue our aggressive worldwide expansion programme, we are delighted to offer our customers a much awaited connection to one of Asia’s most popular and well-loved destinations,” he said.
“We very much look forward to celebrating our arrival in Cambodia next year and playing our part to help further boost the country’s vibrant tourism industry, which is the country’s second largest income provider.”
Cambodia attracts business travelers and tourists, who visit historic attractions such as Angkor Wat and the beach town of Sihanoukville.