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Skyward Siem Reap Soars!

New Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI) Control TowerCambodia is all set to open the gates of its latest aviation marvel, the Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SRAIA), a significant stride that marks a new era in Cambodian aviation.This information comes as a definitive proclamation from the Cambodian authorities, giving us a glimpse of the transformative impact this development could have on local and international travel. While certain specifics are yet to be elucidated, here’s everything we know about this trailblazing airport project.

Nestled in the heart of Kriel Pong Village, located within the Sotr Nikum district, SRAIA is positioned approximately 45 kilometres away from the bustling centre of Siem Reap. To put that into perspective, one can anticipate about a 90-minute drive to reach this cutting-edge transportation hub from the heart of Siem Reap.

New Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI) Terminal
New Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI) Terminal

Endowed with the official International Air Transport Association (IATA) code of SAI and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) code of VDSA, SRAIA is a testament to Cambodia’s advancing aviation sector. This new facility will officially commence operations at midnight on October 16, 2023. An integral component of this transition is the cease of operations at the existing Siem Reap International Airport, paving the way for the new infrastructure to command the skies.

In a significant development, all domestic and international flights are slated to operate from the newly-minted SRAIA, signifying the magnitude of this transition and the airport’s preparedness to manage extensive flight operations.

Yet, like every significant transformation, a few areas of uncertainty are expected to clear up as we approach the airport’s inauguration. Critical aspects like the availability of public transport, shuttle services, fast-track visa and immigration clearance services, and confirmation of the IATA and ICAO notifications are under scrutiny.

It’s also crucial to note that ticket-holders with airport code REP need to liaise with their airlines to ensure a smooth transition. While the new code SAI isn’t currently active in booking and ticketing systems, including renowned platforms like Galileo, Amadeus, and Sabre, travellers need to verify the status of their bookings with their respective airlines.

In a nutshell, the inauguration of Siem Reap Angkor International Airport is a milestone in Cambodia’s aviation history. As we await further clarifications and updates, the excitement around this monumental development continues to grow. Stay tuned for more updates on this significant transition shaping the future of Cambodian air travel.

Written by: Supaporn  Pholrach (Joom)


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