Sihanouk International Airport
|Sihanouk International Airport|
Aéroport International de Sihanouk
|Operator||Societe Concessionnaire des Aeroports (SCA)|
|Location||Preah Sihanouk Province|
|Elevation AMSL||40 ft / 12 m|
Source: Cambodia Airports
Sihanouk International Airport (formerly Sihanoukville International Airport) (IATA: KOS, ICAO: VDSV)(Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិខេត្តព្រះសីហនុ French: Aéroport International de Sihanouk), located 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Sihanoukville in Preah Sihanouk Province, is Cambodia's third largest international airport. It is named, like the province itself, after King Norodom Sihanouk. The airport is also known as Kaong Kang Airport (Kaong Kang, កោងកាង = mangrove). The IATA code KOS is derived from Sihanoukville's alternative name Kompong Som.
- Runway Length: 2,500 meters
- Runway Width: 40 meters + shoulders
- Perpendicular Taxiway: 1
- Number of Stands: 5
- Navigation Aids and Visual Aids:
- VOR/DME (KOS 116.00 10°35'22.8N 102°38'31.5)
- Rescue and Firefighting: ICAO Level Cat 5
Airlines and destinations
Airport development overview
The airfield was originally constructed in the 1960s with assistance from the Soviet Union. After a long period of dormancy during and after the Khmer Rouge era, the airport formally reopened on January 15, 2007. The runway was extended to a length of 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) in order to accommodate 4E class aircraft. The 2 existing taxiways were widened and a cargo apron for 4E class aircraft was added. However, after the crash of PMTair Flight U4 241 in June 2007 shortly before landing, scheduled passenger flight service to the airport was discontinued until 2011.
Cambodia Angkor Air started a tri-weekly service from Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap on December 14, 2011. The service was further adjusted to continue Phnom Penh as well operating a triangle route Siem Reap-Sihanoukville-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap from the beginning of March 31, 2013. Starting in September 2013, airline will provide a Siem Reap-Sihanoukville route twice daily during the high peak season.
Accidents and incidents
- On 7 July 1972, a Douglas DC-3 cargo plane of Cambodia Air Commercial registered as XW-PHW overran the runway on landing at Sihanouk International Airport without fatalities but was damaged beyond economic repair.
- On 25 June 2007, an Antonov An-24 (XU-U4A) operating as PMTair Flight U4 241 en route from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville crashed about five minutes before landing, killing all 22 passengers and crew on board.
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