Siem Reap's new int'l terminal officially opens

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Cambodia’s main tourist town Siem Reap has a new international terminal while the old terminal is now closed and waiting to be turned over for domestic flights.

Societe Concessionnaire des Aeroports (SCA), part of Europe’s Vinci Group, operates Siem Reap International Airport and its manager of design and works, Salah Essa, says an official ceremony was held yesterday to promote the terminal’s entry into service.

He says the new international terminal has been in use since 5 July and is a 12,000m2 (129,000ft2) single-storey building.

The previous international terminal was smaller and is now closed and will be converted into a domestic terminal, says Essa, who declined to say when this work will commence.

A new international terminal was needed in response “to the large increase in passengers arriving and departing from Siem Reap and to improve facilities”, he says.

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital but Siem Reap is arguably the most popular tourist city in Siem Reap because it is home to Cambodia’s world famous Angkor Wat temples.