Phnom Penh launch Emirates 13th in Southeast Asia

The first Emirates flight from Dubai to Phnom Penh landed on Saturday evening, to the traditional welcome of a water salute from fire tenders.

The new route brings to 13, the number of cities in Southeast Asia serviced by the airline.

Badr Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations Far East, was on board the inaugural flight - operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft, along with a number of senior executives from the airline.

Saturday's launch of Cambodia route coincided with the airline's launch of double-daily A380 flights to Beijing and Shanghai in China

The airline also expects cargo to play a key role on the route. Cambodia exports clothing, footwear and machinery, among other goods.

Flights to Phnom Penh will depart daily from Dubai International Airport at 0915, Emirates said in a statement, and connect through Yangon, Myanmar.

The route also marks the first time since 2014 that Phnom Penh and Yangon have been connected by a direct air link, the airline said.

As Cambodia's largest city and its most important commercial centre, Phnom Penh contributes significantly to the country's economic growth.

Cambodia in March last year expanded the terminal at Phnom Penh airport.

Courtesy: Gulf News
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