Techo International Airport can handle 50 million passengers annually, PM says

Techo International Airport can handle 50 million passengers annually, PM says

Prime Minister Hun Manet on Tuesday said that Techo International Airport (TIA) will serve multiple purposes such as attracting international tourists, boosting logistics development and promoting the Kingdom’s popularity worldwide, and the completion of this new airport will have the capacity to facilitate up to 50 million passengers annually.

Mr Hun Manet led a high-level government delegation to inspect the progress of the construction of ‘TIA – Phase One’, designed as a 4F class airport, enabling it to handle the largest aircraft including the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747.

Outlining the specifics of the airport, the premier said that the TIA development project is divided into three phases. In the first phase, the airport will be capable of facilitating about 13 million passengers per year while in the second phase, the airport will expand its capacity to transport 30 million travellers and in the final phase it will reach up to 50 million once the overall project is complete.

The initiative to build the new international airport came from the great vision of former Prime Minister Hun Sen who decided to construct the TIA covering a landscape of 2,600 hectares with an investment capital of $1.5 billion, constructed by Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC) which build in Prek Sleng commune, Kandal Stung district, Kandal province – a strategic location between Takhmao city and Takeo province, he added.

He emphasised that TIA will serve three major purposes as it has the potential to attract international tourists through its modern facilities, contribute to boosting the logistics development, further become a historical project that will promote the Kingdom’s popularity worldwide and the project will attract economic flow to the people living in Southwest of the country.

“This new airport will be an important factor contributing to the attraction of tourists in Phnom Penh, and in the country as a whole. In addition, it will also be able to attract foreign businessmen to invest in our nation, extending economic benefits to the local citizens. In the meantime, the construction site of TIA created jobs for approximately 8,000 people,” the Premier said.

Mr Hun Manet continued that he had seen many large airports in the world but it did not excite him compared to witnessing the TIA because it belonged to Cambodians and everyone in the country should be proud of this great achievement as it is the first historical achievement that appears on the Kingdom territory.

On the occasion, Mr Hun Manet took on the negative news related to the Funan-Techo Canal project which was reported on a radio broadcast saying that he has no reason to believe that a senior economic official from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) shared negative thought and impact about the canal project.×280&!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&dtd=228

According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), the $1.7 billion Tonle Bassac Navigation Road and Logistics System Project, known as the ‘Funan-Techo Canal’ project, is scheduled to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony before the end of this year.

Senior ministers including Say Samal, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), Sar Sokha, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Pung Kheav Se, Chairman of CP Bank, Canadia Bank and OCIC, and Neth Savoeun, Deputy Prime Minister and Commissioner General of National Police along with engineers were present on the occasion.

Construction workers and professional teams totalling 80 . khmertimeskh

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