Cambodia has commissioned a Chinese consortium, the Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL), to build a new international airport about 50 kilometres from Siem Reap.
The construction of the Greenfield Airport on 700 hectares of land provided by the government is expected to take three years to complete and cost 880 million USD. The plan is to build a 4E class airport with the possibility of expanding to 4F compliance to accommodate long-haul aircraft. Once in operation, YIHL’s Siem Reap Angkor International Airport will replace the existing airport at Siem Reap. The city’s current airport is operated by Cambodia Airports, a company majority owned by France’s Vinci Group, and currently holds a concession to operate international airports serving Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville until 2040.
The government decided to relocate Siem Reap’s airport after a report issued by UNESCO in 2010 that said the current airport was located too close to Angkor Wat and the Bayon temples. Vibrations from aircraft taking off and landing at the airport were damaging the foundations of the temples at the World Heritage site.