The Vice Prime Minister, His Excellency Sok An, representing the Royal Government of Cambodia, Thierry Mariani, French Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, and Xavier Huillard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VINCI (Paris:DG), today celebrated the 15th anniversary of SCA (Société Concessionnaire des Aéroports), the VINCI Airports subsidiary that manages three Cambodian airports. At the same time Air France inaugurated the resumption of flights between Paris and Phnom Penh, 37 years after the last direct flight between the two countries.
CAMBODIA Airports now brings together the international airports serving the three major tourist and economic destinations in Cambodia, i.e.: the capital Phnom Penh since 1995, Siem Reap, the town adjacent to the Angkor archaeological sites, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 2001 and the seaside resort and deep-water port of Sihanoukville, since 2006.
Thanks to steady growth and the acknowledged quality of customer service, CAMBODIA Airports is today a major, long-term partner in Cambodia's development.
In 2010, Cambodia Airports welcomed slightly over 3.3 million passengers, compared to 2.8 million in 2009, or an increase of almost 17%. Freight traffic rose even more sharply, by around 50%. These figures reflect VINCI Airport's policy of opening up new airline routes, modernising infrastructure and optimising investment to drive development.
VINCI Airports has developed and operates nine airports in France, primarily under public service delegation contracts: Grenoble-Isère, Chambéry-Savoie, Clermont-Ferrand-Auvergne, Quimper-Cornouaille, Rennes-Saint-Jacques, Dinard-Pleurtuit, Nantes-Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire-Montoir, and the future Western France Airport, along with the Ancenis airport starting on 1 April 2011. VINCI Airports is also the concession company for the three international airports in Cambodia. Altogether, these 12 airports welcomed almost 8 million passengers in 2010, generating global revenue of ?150 million.