Phnom Penh International Airport

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Phnom Penh International Airport
Aéroport international de Phnom Penh
Pochentong International Airport aerial overview MRD.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerCambodia Airports
OperatorVINCI Airports
ServesPhnom Penh, Cambodia
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL40 ft / 12 m
Coordinates11°32′47″N 104°50′38″E / 11.54639°N 104.84389°E / 11.54639; 104.84389Coordinates: 11°32′47″N 104°50′38″E / 11.54639°N 104.84389°E / 11.54639; 104.84389
PNH is located in Cambodia
Location of airport in Cambodia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 10,000 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2021)
Passenger movements250,000 Decrease 81%
Aircraft movements10,173 Decrease 45%[1]

Phnom Penh International Airport (Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិភ្នំពេញ; French: Aéroport international de Phnom Penh) (IATA: PNH, ICAO: VDPP) is the busiest and largest airport in Cambodia, occupying a land area of 386.5 hectares. It is located in the Pou Senchey District,[2] 10 kilometres (5.4 NM) west of Phnom Penh, the nation's capital.

The Techo Takhmao International Airport is under construction about 30–40 kilometres (16–22 NM) south of Phnom Penh, in the Kandal Province, which is expected to be fully operational by 2025.[3]


Phnom Penh airport's former name was Pochentong International Airport (Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិពោធិ៍ចិនតុង). The name of Pochentong International Airport was derived from the leader of the Kuomintang Cambodian branch, Po Chentong (Chinese: 波成東). On 6 July 1995, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) signed a concession agreement with the French–Malaysian joint venture company Société Concessionaire d'Aéroport (SCA), to operate Phnom Penh (PNH) – Pochentong International Airport. In return for a 20-year concession, SCA—70 per cent owned by Groupe GTM and 30 per cent by Muhibbah Masterron of Malaysia—committed to a $100 million improvement program that includes the construction of a new runway, terminal and cargo buildings, hangars, installation of a Cat III level Instrument Landing System (ILS) and associated approach lighting. The Berger Group was selected by the RGC to provide independent engineering services during the concession, to audit the design and to advise on the practicality and cost of the concession's proposed improvements. The Berger team also supervised the initial works to accommodate widebody aircraft such as 747s, including asphalt concrete runway overlays; installation of new ILS, metrological equipment, runway lighting and generator and power systems; and construction of a new fire station, taxiway and turn-pad extensions. Following the successful completion of the initial works, the Berger team provided design review and independent engineering services for the construction of a new 20,000-square-metre (220,000 sq ft) terminal building to accommodate growing tourist traffic. The $20 million terminal building includes four mobile aerobridges, over 1000 auto parking spaces and VIP and CIP facilities.



The airport is at an elevation of 40 feet (12 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 50 metres (9,840 ft × 160 ft).[4][5] The airport has two terminal buildings – one for international and one for domestic operations. Recently, it added a new facility for VIP service. The international terminal has four aerobridges built in 2003. Three more aerobridges were added during the passenger terminal expansion in 2016–2017. The airport's design capacity is 5 million people per year.


In 2014, Cambodia Airports announced a $100 million project to expand the passenger terminals at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports to accommodate continued strong passenger growth.[6] The project saw the extension of the parking lots and terminals, more check-in and immigration counters, and new baggage handling systems. Additionally, the commercial areas were enlarged to allow for more retail shops, new restaurants and food and beverage outlets, and mezzanine lounges to cater to first class and business travellers. The expansions will allow the airport to double its capacity to handle 5 million passengers a year from 2.5 million passengers.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


AirAsia Johor Bahru (begins 2 January 2023),[7] Kuala Lumpur–International, Penang (begins 10 December 2022)[8]
Air China Beijing–Capital[9]
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Cambodia AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[10] Chengdu–Shuangliu,[11] Siem Reap, Singapore[12]
Cambodia Angkor Air Guangzhou,[13][14] Ho Chi Minh City, Nanchang, Nanning, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville,[15] Zhengzhou[16]
Cathay PacificHong Kong[17]
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesKunming, Nanning, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern AirlinesBeijing–Daxing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen[18]
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
JC International AirlinesKunming
Jetstar AsiaSingapore
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Lanmei AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur–International,[19] Nanning
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International[20]
Myanmar Airways International Yangon
Philippine AirlinesManila[21]
Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou, Shenzhen[22]
Singapore Airlines Singapore[23]
Sky Angkor Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[24] Seoul–Incheon[25]
Spring Airlines Guangzhou, Nanning
Thai AirAsiaBangkok–Don Mueang, Phuket[26]
Thai SmileBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai VietJet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi[27]
Vietnam AirlinesHanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane
XiamenAirFuzhou,[28] Xiamen[29]


Cathay Pacific CargoHong Kong, Penang, Singapore[30]
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum[31]
Ethiad CargoAbu Dhabi
K-Mile AirBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Qatar Airways CargoDoha
SF AirlinesShenzhen
Turkish CargoHyderabad, Istanbul


Annual passenger traffic at PNH airport. See Wikidata query.
Statistics for Phnom Penh International Airport[32][33]
Year Total passengers Change from previous year Total aircraft movements Change from previous year
1998 600,000 6,000
1999 700,000 8,000
2000 800,000 9,000
2001 900,000 17,000
2002 900,000 18,000
2003 900,000 16,000
2004 1,200,000 18,000
2005 1,081,745 Decrease9.85% 17,035 Decrease5.36%
2006 1,322,267 Increase22.23% 19,282 Increase13.19%
2007 1,598,424 Increase20.88% 20,881 Increase8.29%
2008 1,691,870 Increase5.84% 20,383 Decrease2.38%
2009 1,587,986 Decrease6.14% 20,352 Decrease0.15%
2010 1,673,421 Increase5.38% 20,156 Decrease0.96%
2011 1,839,892 Increase9.95% 21,365 Increase6.0%
2012 2,077,282 Increase12.9% 22,534 Increase5.47%
2013 2,393,680 Increase15.23% 26,583 Increase17.97%
2014 2,665,894 Increase11.37% 27,936 Increase5.09%
2015 3,079,068 Increase15.50% 31,409 Increase12.43%
2016 3,388,553 Increase10.05% 33,435 Increase6.45%
2017 4,240,000 Increase25.1% 41,057 Increase22.8 %
2018 5,423,000 Increase27.9% 52,217 Increase27.2%
2019 6,029,000 Increase11.2% 56,018 Increase7.3%
2020 1,331,000 Decrease77.9% 18,346 Decrease67.2%
2021 250,000 Decrease81% 10,173 Decrease45%

Ground transportation[edit]

Tuk-tuks at Phnom Penh International Airport

There are a few options to transfer to or from Phnom Penh International Airport and the city. Outside the arrival hall, passengers can take a taxi provided by the Airport Taxi Association or book a ride from Grab, a ride-hailing app. In April 2018, trains operated by Royal Railway Cambodia began running express from Phnom Penh International Airport (parking area) to Phnom Penh Railway Station (City Center). Trains run every 30 minutes and the journey takes roughly 30 minutes, fare of one-way is US$2.50.[34] There is also the city bus and an airport express bus.[35]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 3 December 1973, Douglas DC-3 XW-PHV of Air Union was reported to have crashed shortly after take-off.[36]
  • On 19 January 1975, Douglas C-47A XU-HAK, Douglas DC-3 XU-KAL of Khmer Hansa and Douglas C-47A N86AC of South East Asia Air Transport were all destroyed in a rocket attack on the airport.[37][38][39]
  • On 22 February 1975, Douglas C-47A XU-GAJ of Khmer Hansa was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.[40]
  • On 10 March 1975, a Douglas DC-3 of Samaki Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.[41]
  • On 11 March 1975, a Douglas DC-3 of Khmer Hansa was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.[42]
  • In March 1975, Vickers Viscount XW-TDN of Royal Air Lao crashed at Phnom Penh International Airport. The pilot was not qualified to fly the aircraft. All four people on board were killed.[43] Accident aircraft also reported as XW-TFK with a date of 15 March.[44]
  • On 11 April 1975, a Douglas DC-3 (possibly XW-PKT) of Sorya Airlines was hit by shrapnel shortly after take-off. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and two of the three occupants were killed.[45] The same day, Douglas C-47B XW-TFB of Air Cambodge was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.[46]
  • 3 September 1997: Vietnam Airlines Flight 815, operated by a Tupolev Tu-134 crashed on approach to Pochentong Airport, killing 65 of the 66 passengers on board. The aircraft was entirely destroyed. The aircraft was flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.[47] The Tupolev was approaching the Phnom Penh airport runway in heavy rain from 2,000 meters; at this point the control tower ordered the pilot to attempt an approach from the west due to a wind pick-up. The crew then lost communication with the tower, and three minutes later the aircraft collided at low level with trees, damaging the left wing. The aircraft then slid 200 yards into a dry rice paddy before exploding. Pilot error was later identified as the cause of the crash; the pilot continued his landing descent from an altitude of 2,000 meters to 30 meters even though the runway was not in sight, and ignored pleas from his first officer and flight engineer to turn back. When the aircraft hit the trees, the pilot finally realized the runway was not in sight and tried to abort the approach; the flight engineer pushed for full power, but the aircraft lost control and veered left; the right engine then stalled, making it impossible to gain lift.[48]

Techo Takhmao International Airport[edit]

In January 2018, the Cambodian government approved a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh that will cost an estimated US$1.5 billion.[49] The new international airport will replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport, with initial plans having the facilities being constructed on partially reclaimed land adjacent to Boueng Cheung Loung, a large lake in Kandal Province about 30 kilometres south of Phnom Penh.[50][51][52][3][53]

Cambodia Airport Investment, a joint venture 90 percent owned by Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC), one of the country's largest real estate developers, and 10 percent by the government's State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, plans to invest the $1.5 billion to construct the new airport. The OCIC will invest US$280 million, while unspecified "foreign banks" will provide US$1.1 billion in funding. The OCIC will own 90 per cent of the shares in the completed airport, with the rest going to the SSCA While the construction plans are still in the early stages of development, the 4F class airport will be capable of handling large long-haul aircraft and will reportedly cover an area of around 2,600 hectares, which would make it one of the largest airports in the world.

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External links[edit]

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