Thai-Cambodian dispute not affecting flight demand

AIRLINES report a relative status quo for flights between Cambodia and Thailand, despite recent clashes between the two countries over UNESCO World Heritage Site, Preah Vihear Temple.

Only Thai Airways, which operates twice-daily on the Bangkok-Phnom Penh route, has recorded a one per cent fall in traffic this month, due to cancellations from 100 passengers scheduled to travel from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, and 40 passengers on flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, according to Narinthorn Prungupta, the airline’s general manager for Cambodia.

Neither Bangkok Airways, with four-daily Bangkok-Phnom Penh and five-daily Bangkok-Siem Reap services, nor Thai AirAsia, which has a daily Bangkok-Phnom Penh flight, has seen any cancellations.

Tour operators had previously reported no cancellations for bookings to both destinations (TTG Asia e-Daily, February 8).

By Steve Finch

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