Cambodia’s recent airlines history since 1993 has seen a number of almost 20 of passenger airlines starting and closing their business, some of them within months after their inauguration flight. The oldest operating passenger airline, Cambodia Angkor Air, is the national flag carrier of Cambodia. The inauguration flight took place in July 2009. There are now five passenger airlines offering regular flights. Currently there are only two domestic flight destinations: Siem Reap (Angkor) – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor) – Sihanoukville. The table below gives an overview.
In the 90th and 2000th regular flights had been operated between Phnom Penh and: Battambang, Banlung (province Ratanakiri), Sen Monorom (province Mondulkiri), Kratie (province Kratie), Koh Kong (province Koh Kong), Sihanoukville. It is not expected that these flights will resume soon. Main reason for cancellation of these destinations is that conditions of national roads for overland travelling have been improved. It is difficult to give recommendations to travelers for their decision about what airlines to take for flying on domestic flights. Most airlines have been operating for less than five years. Cambodian Angkor Air is mainly managed by Vietnam Airlines and most foreign travel agencies and visitors trust Cambodia Angkor Air for this reason.
None of the above five Cambodia based airlines have a record of fatal or non-fatal accidents / incidents or hijackings. But none of the above five airlines is a member of an airlines alliance like SkyTeam, Star Alliance or Oneworld. Vietnam Airlines is a member of SkyTeam. There is a large number of airlines flying into Cambodia from Asian countries and the Middle East. Website of the three operating international airports Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville:
3 A320-200 Airbuses, that were formerly owned by Vietnam Airlines
Joint venture between NagaCorp (the casino, etc.) and the Chinese government
Between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
Between Phnom Penh and Macau
tickets $19-50 one way
Between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville
Between Penh Penh / Siem Reap and Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh / Guangzhou / Shanghai / Bangkok / Hongkong / Luang Prabang / Vientiane
Fleet and most of its staff are leased from Vietnam Airlines
2 Airbus A320
Partly owned by Yunnan Jingcheng Group
4 Airbus A320-200, 1 Airbus A321-200
Joint venture of Korean and Cambodian investors with focus on Korean market