Bamboo Airways has started services to Cambodia by recently launching flights to the country’s popular tourist destination Siem Reap. The airline has been on an active network expansion mode, starting services to several places – from Europe to the Asia-Pacific. Reap, it will hope to rely on the city’s tourism appeal to fill the seats.
Bamboo Airways lands in Siem Reap
Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways made its Cambodian debut by flying from Hanoi to Siem Reap on August 7th. The inaugural flight touched down at 19:20 and was operated by an Embraer E190 aircraft.
Thach Pierre Hoang, Deputy CCO of Bamboo Airways, said.
“This first nonstop Hanoi – Siem Reap flight is Bamboo Airways’ next effort in our journey of expanding international presence … In addition, we expect our new Vietnam – Cambodia route will fulfill its crucial role as aviation bridge and make a substantial contribution to the development of both countries in all aspects such as tourism, economy, culture.”
Routesonline cites data from OAG Schedules Analyser, which says that the carrier will compete on the sector with Vietnam Airlines, which is scheduled to resume flights in late October after a suspension of more than two and a half years.
Siem Reap International Airport
Cambodia’s economy relies heavily on tourism and suffered greatly during the pandemic. Siem Reap is an essential link as it is traditionally visited by several international tourists.
Siem Reap International Airport was opened to international flights in December 2021 after almost two years following the pandemic. Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archeological Complex, the city’s airport currently sees international flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Hanoi.
The airline is hoping to lure tourists by starting services to Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archeological Complex. Photo: Kheng Vungvuthy via Wikimedia Commons
Stephen King, chief commercial officer at Cambodia Airports, the company that operates the Kingdom’s three international airports, said,
“In this challenging time, it is a breakthrough to welcome a new carrier. We are delighted to welcome Bamboo Airways today. We know passengers will appreciate the extra choice offered by the airline’s new service linking Vietnam’s vibrant capital Hanoi and the wonderful city of Siem Reap.”
Bamboo Airways’ network expansion
This is the latest addition to Bamboo Airways’ rapidly growing international network. The airline already flies to several popular European destinations, such as London and Frankfurt. In October, it will launch an additional flight to London Gatwick amid increasing demand.
The airline has been rapidly expanding its network lately. Photo: Bamboo Airways
Some of its other long-haul flights include destinations in Australia, such as Sydney and Melbourne. In September last year, it became the first Vietnamese airline to launch a commercial passenger flight to a US destination, flying its Boeing 787-9 between Hanoi and San Francisco. The US government had approved the carrier to conduct up to 12 round trips between Vietnam and the US until November.
The airline currently operates nearly 200 flights a day on 60 domestic routes and more than 10 international routes. It has 29 active airplanes in its fleet, per ch-aviation and plans to triple its fleet size to 100 by 2028.
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