Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Chinese tourists walk towards their plane at the Phnom Penh International Airport in 2021. Hong Menea

ASEAN, Europe air fares drop 20-35% as China rates plunge

Air fares between Cambodia and China or the other nine ASEAN countries have on average dropped from 20 to more than 50 per cent since the first quarter of this year, as countries around the region relax Covid-19 restrictions, according to a senior civil aviation official.

In an extreme example, return trips from one of a number of Chinese cities to Cambodia that had been in excess of $10,000, during darker times of the pandemic, was subsequently recorded at $6,000, then $3,000, and have now dropped to just over $1,000, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha told The Post on September 14.

He pinned the decline in the aforementioned price primarily on China’s apparent gradual reopening and an increase in number of flights with Cambodia, noting that there are now 30 direct flights weekly between them – 15 in either direction – up precisely five-fold from July.

He added that Cambodia’s effective Covid-19 management and economic reopening efforts have considerably driven up the number of domestic and international flights to the Kingdom, which has triggered a significant downtrend in air fares to and from regional destinations.

Meanwhile, air fares between Cambodia and ASEAN or European countries have dipped by around 20-35 per cent, correlating with, among other things, levels of Covid-19 restrictions in place at a particular time, and the overall socio-economic situation at and near the destination, he said, explaining that fares to and from localities with more lax pandemic rules and more connecting flights available will generally be lower.

However, Chansereyvutha cautioned that the uncertainty about future fuel prices could lead to negative effects on air fares.

PTM Travel & Tours Co Ltd business director Sar Sarin, on the other hand, said air fares between Cambodia and other ASEAN countries had declined 20-30 per cent from the quarter ended March 31.

He predicted that fares would fall further as oil prices moderate and global economic growth improves, and that tickets to China would only become cheaper as the country further reopens and dials back its once “very tight” travel restrictions.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia received 998,272 international visitors in the first eight months of 2022, up 720 per cent year-on-year, of which 39.73 per cent or 396,591 arrived by air, marking a 595 per cent increase.


  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol