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Hun Sen Announces New Airport

Hun Sen announces new airport Prime Minister Hun Sen requisitioned 768 hectares of land on Saturday that will be used to build an international airport in Kampong Chhnang after 2025.

During presiding over a land title distribution ceremony in Kampong Chhnang province, the prime minister announced the expansion of the airport.

“I have previously informed you about the vision of a new international airport that will be implemented, but I did not identify Kampong Chhnang,” he said.

Ten days ago, Hun Sen said at the launch of the 2012-2020 Tourism Development Strategic Plan at Vimean Santepheap that the current airports cannot serve the increasing numbers of passengers expected to arrive in Cambodia. But he did not indicate in this speech plans for a new airport.

“We cannot use Pochentong Airport after 2030. By 2025 or 2030, we expect to use the airport here, 90 kilometres from Phnom Penh,” he said.

There are 1,463 hectares at Kompong Chhnang airport, with citizens controlling 768 hectares of that land. In comparison, Phnom Penh International Airport occupies 450 hectares of land.

Ministry of Tourism officials forecast that foreign visitors will increase to four or five million by 2015 and this will climb to seven million in 2020. “So Kampong Chhnang airport will become the site for the international airport,” Hun Sen said.

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