Phnom Penh International Airport’s $26 million new arrival hall and extended boarding concourse has been officially opened.

Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Bin Chhin, officially inaugurated the latest phase of the airport, following the completion of a $100 million expansion programme in 2016. The second phase aims to cope with the steadily increasing arrivals and further provide high quality services to visitors.

More than 10,000sqm have been added to the existing passenger terminal and some other areas were fully renovated. The extended arrivals hall is equipped with two new conveyor belts, speeding up baggage delivery and enhancing passenger experience.

The domestic departure concourse has been expanded and two additional boarding gates were commissioned. With its modular design, the lounge can conveniently be converted to cater to international passengers in case of operational needs, with the potential to ease congestion at the departure lounges.

At the arrivals exit, a broad esplanade, complete with a pond and a hand-carved 20-tonne statue representing Khmer symbols of peace and prosperity, welcomes arriving passengers. The new meeting point is filled with food and beverage outlets, kiosks providing telecommunication services, tourist information and transport into the city. VINCI Construction Grands Projets partnered with Muhibbah for this construction and renovation programme.

In front of a packed audience, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised the critical impacts of the airports activities on Cambodia’s economy and development. In a study carried out in 2015, the international airports of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville accounted for 17 percent of the country’s GDP and provided jobs for 20 percent of its working population.

Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports, said: “With this investment programme, we want to keep pace with traffic growth and bolster our airport capacity. Along with the network’s two other airports, Phnom Penh international Airport is fully prepared to accommodate the seven million visitors expected in Cambodia by 2020 and beyond.”