There are two international airports in Cambodia, and these can be found on the outskirts of the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Travelling to Cambodia by plane is a quick and convenient way of getting there, especially for those who are coming from major destinations in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.
Cambodia’s domestic carrier is Cambodia Angkor Air, offers regular flights from Ho Chi Minh City as well as daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. 19 other airlines currently offer scheduled flights to and from Cambodia and include Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.
Airports and facilities in Cambodia
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) is the main gateway to Cambodia’s capital and can be found just seven kilometres to the west of the city centre. Established back in 1995, this is Cambodia’s largest airport and features four gates, with a seating capacity of 360. This modern airport comes complete with a VIP Lounge as well as a public waiting area and 22 check-in desks.
Amenities at this airport are decent and passengers will find a large selection of duty-free shops here, which carry a wide selection of goods. There are also food and beverage outlets located nearby, while services include baggage wrapping, massage lounges and airline ticketing counters. The only way to travel to and from the airport at present is by taking a taxi. The journey takes around 10 minutes and should cost no more than US$10. More on Phnom Penh transport.
Siem Reap International Airport (REP) actually handles the highest number of passengers each year, as this is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Site. Also known as Angkor International Airport, people fly here from all over the globe to visit the world famous Angkor Wat. More on Angkor.
Passengers who pass through Siem Reap International Airport will find an excellent selection of shops and other amenities here. There are a couple of government approved travel desks located on the airport’s main concourse, and this is a good place to book a tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Taxis wait for passengers outside the airport entrance, and it takes around 15 minutes to reach the centre of Siem Reap. Those who have booked a room in one of the city’s top end hotels will usually be met by a member of staff and taken to their establishment of choice. More on Siem Reap transport.
A third airport, namely Sihanoukville International Airport, can be found 18 kilometres from the southern seaside city of Sihanoukville. While there are currently no charter flights operated here, there are plans to recommence flights between Sihanoukville International Airport and other prominent Southeast Asian destinations in the near future. More on Sihanoukville transport.
Both Siem Reap International Airport and Phnom Penh International Airport come complete with ticket booths at the airport and passengers can usually turn up at the last minute and purchase tickets to popular destinations. Most of the travel agencies in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh also offer booking services and flights are quick and cheap to reserve.
Among the most popular destinations that can be reached by direct flight from these airports are Bangkok, Vientiane, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City and the check-in process can be completed quickly and conveniently as each airline provides an adequate number of staff and desks.
It is also possible to reach domestic destinations such as Stung Treng and Battambang, once or twice a week, although these flights are often cancelled due to lack of demand.