Siem Reap Angkor International Airport in Cambodia began operations today, a project initiated under BRI framework, with strong backing from China. Located in the Sotr Nikum district, about 40 kilometers from the Angkor Archaeological Park and 50 kilometers from downtown Siem Reap, the airport covers 700 hectares, with a terminal 81,800 square meters big. Anticipated annual passenger capacity for the early operation stage is 7 million and will be raised to 10 million by 2030, far surpassing the about 2 million total passenger capacity of the old Siem Reap International Airport.
The project was financed with help from Angkor International Airport Investment (Cambodia) Co, an affiliate of China’s Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd. It is the first overseas international airport delivered by Chinese enterprises under the Build-Operate-Transfer model