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Air Asia Cambodia Commences Service

DALLAS – AirAsia Cambodia (KT) has commenced scheduled service. The fifth airline of Asia’s largest low-cost airline brand has operated its inaugural flight on May 2.

The LCC received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Cambodian regulators on April 30, enabling it to commence operations on May 2. The carrier currently operates a fleet of two Airbus A320s, and hopes to grow its fleet to 16 aircraft. The airline’s chief, Vissoth Nam is proud to bring the AirAsia brand to the country and says that the launch of KT will address the needs of Cambodia’s people.  

“AirAsia has a long history in Cambodia and we are proud to chart a new milestone not only for the airline industry in the region but for the country today. AirAsia Cambodia is a testament to Cambodian ingenuity and dedication, tailored to serve the needs of our people which is above and beyond mere transportation,” said Vissoth Nam, Airline Chief, Air Asia Cambodia.
AirAsia Airbus A320. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Domestic Focus

AirAsia Cambodia has started regular flights from its Phnom Penh (PNH) hub to two destinations in Cambodia. Initially the airline will operate only domestic routes, while it builds brand awareness among customers. KT flies from PNH to Siem Reap (SAI) and Sihanoukville (KOS).

AirAsia Cambodia operated its inaugural flight from PNH to SAI. According to the airline, the flight operated at close to 100% load factor, signalling a good start for the budget airline.

In the near future, the budget carrier also expects to build an international network. It is likely that KT will launch into AirAsia’s hubs in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Bangkok (BKK) and Singapore (SIN). Though, this is expected only in the third quarter of the year, since KT awaits regulatory approvals to commence international services.

Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320. Photo: Wilbert Tana/Airways

AirAsia Group

As a group, AirAsia serves a total of six routes into Cambodia from KUL and BKK, carrying a significant 1.3 million passengers into the country historically. The launch of a local affiliate will help AirAsia to strengthen the brand in Cambodia and Asean nations.

AirAsia Group adds that the airline’s launch is “an important milestone” as it moves to consolidate operations. On April 26, Malaysia-based Capital A confirmed the divestment of its aviation business - known as AirAsia Aviation - to medium-haul affiliate AirAsia X, forming the newly-minted AirAsia Group.  

“AirAsia's expansion into Cambodia underscores our profound grasp of the Asean market. Cambodia's dynamic population of 17 million and its growing youth segment present a substantial consumer base and an opportunity to cater to domestic demand whilst contributing to its economic progress. As AirAsia Cambodia prepares for take-off, we are excited to leverage these opportunities to a broader ecosystem across our Capital A lines of business.” Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia.

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