The government plans to develop Veal Bek Chan airport in Battambang city to a 4C category.
Soy Sokhan, state secretary of the civil aviation secretariat, and Sok Lou, governor of Battambang province, chaired a working group meeting on Friday on the possibility of the restoration and development of Battambang airport.
Sokhan said the airport will upgrade from 3C to 4C quality, which will make it easier to operate large flights to airlines.
“After the study, we found issues that need to be addressed. The track needs to be expanded and repaired as it has not been used for many years now,” he said.
Lou expressed his support for the development of this airport in 4C. He said it would attract foreign and domestic tourists to Battambang. “It will also help develop Battambang in the near future,” Lou said.
Battambang Airport, opened in 1968 on nearly 127 hectares of land, began with a Phnom Penh-Battambang flight. However, due to the war in the country between 1975 and 1979, the airport was completely closed.
After the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, the airport was reopened, but the military only used it. Later, in 1991, the airport was completely closed.
The government has announced an investment of $3.5 billion to build, expand and renovate all Cambodian airports under the Aviation Development Program from 2015 to 2023 under the Open Sky policy. It was also part of the government’s vision to speed up domestic transportation and connect Cambodia to international trading hubs.
Other airports covered by this program include Koh Kong, Poipet City and the new Mondulkiri Airport, which remains in the study process while social, economic and environmental impacts are under review.
Meanwhile, Soeum Bunrith, Deputy Governor of Battambang Province, said Khmer time“During the Sangkum Reastr Niyum era, Battambang Airport belonged to Category 3C, which has the capacity to handle flights carrying around 70 passengers. Now, the Royal Government is planning to convert the airport to Category 4C. category is similar to Siem Reap International Airport and flights can accommodate around 100 passengers, serving both domestic and international passengers and regions in the future.
“The development of Battambang Airport will accelerate when the Covid-19 situation is under control. The government will then be able to focus more on various projects, including the development of Battambang airport.
- Key words: Battambang, Veal Bek Chan Airport