Royal Phnom Penh Airways has launched its first international services, operating three weekly flights from the Cambodian capital to Bangkok.

Operating two Yakovlev Yak-42 trijets, the airline plans to add services to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam this month, and is also eyeing Singapore and Chinese cities. Domestic operations started in October, flying from Phnom Penh to Battambang, Koh Kong, Mondulkiri, Rattankiri, Siem Reap and Stung Treng.

The airline is owned by chairman Prince Norodom Chakrapong, the son of Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk.

It enters the market at a time of increasing competition for national carrier Royal Air Cambodge from recent arrivals Siem Reap Airways International and President Airlines.

Source: Flight International