Cambodian airport in Koh Kong put on hold

(PHOTO: State Secretariat of Civil Aviation)

Use this oneConstruction of an international airport in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province with a US$40 million capital investment has been postponed until the COVID-19 situation eases, according to local media, quoting State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha. The airport is a joint venture between Ly Yong Phat’s LYP Group and Bangkok Airways.

Chansereyvutha told local media in Cambodia the project was still in its preparation stage. “The government has already handed over the site for the airport, but there is much to be done with the private sector. On the other hand, as fallout from COVID-19 affects private sector investment and business, they’ve decided to delay construction of the airport until the global health crisis has eased,” he said.

A notice from the Council of Ministers released in January last year said the government had decided to relocate the airport from the 400ha site in Khemarak Phoumin city to a 600ha site in Mondul Seima district’s Bak Khlang commune to “allow for additional investments”. There is currently another airport under development in Koh Kong province. The US$350 million Dara Sakor International Airport in Botum Sakor district is being developed by Chinese firm Tianjin Union Development Group and is expected to be inaugurated by year’s end.

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