Chinese firms to build new Phnom Penh airport

PHNOM PENH (Phnom Penh/ANN): Three enterprises, all Chinese-owned, have been chosen to build the new airport that will service the Cambodian capital, the company in charge of the project said.

Cambodia Airport Investment Co Ltd said a total of five companies had entered the bidding process.

Yee Con Long, a member of the project steering committee of Cambodia Airport Investment, said last week that the process of designing the airport is 60 per cent complete. Construction will be divided into three phases, with the first scheduled to be completed this year.

“We will issue permits for the three contractors on Jan 20, ” he said.

“We hope to issue a letter in July authorising the construction. If all goes as planned, the airport will be ready by July 2022, at which point it will operate on a trial basis, ” he said.

He said the airport will be able to accommodate 27 million passengers by 2030, and up to 30 million by 2050.

The new Phnom Penh International Airport, a 4F-class airport, is a joint venture between local conglomerate Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) and the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA).

It will be located in Kandal province and will cost US$1.5 billion to build. Of that, $1.1 billion will come from loans from overseas banking institutions, while $280 million will be contributed by OCIC. - Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network

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