France’s ambassador to Cambodia, Jean-François Desmazières, has told Prime Minister Hun Sen that he supports an Air France plan to resume direct flights to the Kingdom.
This will end a 35-year hiatus on the connection.
The diplomat called on Cambodia to assist the carrier in providing the direct connections, according to Eang Sophallath, personal assistant to the Cambodian prime minister.
“Hun Sen highly encourages the airliner’s intention to invest,” he said.
Ho Vandy, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said that direct flights would provide additional opportunities for French and European tourists to visit Cambodia.
Visitors from Europe presently arrive in the Kingdom after transiting through Vietnam, Thailand, or Malaysia, since there are no direct flights from the continent to Cambodia.
“We hope the planned direct flight would lure many tourists from France and Europe since it would reduce travel time and expense,” he said.
Air France previously conducted flights to Phnom Penh, according to the airline website, but they halted in 1975 after the Khmer Rouge came to power.
French Embassy spokesman Tung Soklim confirmed that the ambassador had met Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss Air France, but could immediately confirm the details of the conversation.
Air France-KLM Group has teamed up with Europe’s biggest airlines to push for EU action to slow the encroachment of Emirates and other Gulf carriers, saying the region’s status as an air-travel hub was under threat.
“Europe is at the crossroads of international air travel,” Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BLOOMBERG
(source from the phnompenh post newspaper, Monday, 11 October 2010 15:06 Chun Sophal )
- Price index shows rise in petrol, vegetables
- Tourism Ministry links with Oz university
- Mobile warfare
- Passenger train service in Kingdom set to resume
- Cambodia's gold closer than ever to being mined
- Kingdom's property insurance sector still in its i...
- Bangkok to vote on border
- Island building: Koh Puos sales office on the way
- Plug pulled on Mobitel money transfers
- Campu's parent firm to focus on Kingdom
- Cambodia, China to sign rice-export deal
- Brothel owner gets 10 years
- WiMAX debacle must prove a wake-up call
- Cambodian economy earns ‘mini-tiger’ recognition
- Orange People going global
- AsiaInfo-Linkage inks contract with Mfone
- South Korean tech standard adopted
- Visitors to Angkor Wat on the rise
- Outsourcing 'fair' tech trade
- Business secrecy a concern for organisers of econo...
- Trade with Malaysia rises after visit by Najib
- JICA sets out plan to help investors
- Cambodia: Budget draft 2.3bn for year 2011
- ASEAN focuses on logistics
- Tobacco-control law should be passed by 2015, offi...
- MFIs see loans, profits soar
- NBC puts Mobitel on notice over cash service
- Indochine Mining to raise millions
- Wireless “WiMAX” derailed in the Kingdom
- Air France eyes Cambodian skies
- Key corruption suspects identified
- Cambodia “future of world rice”
- Cambodia needs a sensible energy plan
- More tourists may not bring salvation
- IMF sees Kingdom on track to solid recovery
- Growth on KPMG's horizon
- Investing in social enterprise
- High prices in Cambodia: a taxing problem
- Go further with disclosure and embrace ETIT
- Get the booze balance right for your liver
- Work in Phnom Penh can be risky business
- The riel turns the corner, but devaluation continu...
- Little shop of horrors
- Mobitel under greater pressure to clarify Cellcard...
- Sex trend "surprising"
- Best start way for Cambodia bourse
- Road tax offenders could be fined: official
- Punishment drunken driver at night time in Phnom P...
- ▼ October (48)