More airlines crowd Vietnam, Cambodia skies

Chairman Trinh Van Quyet of FLC Group, which plans to launch new Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways. Myanmar Airways International, one of seven carriers in Myanmar, where the market is hit by overcapacity. Cambodia Airways is one of the newest airlin
Cambodia Airways is one of the newest airlines among the nine in Cambodia. China is the country's biggest source of tourists, with over a million Chinese visiting last year.PHOTO: CAMBODIA AIRWAYS/FACEBOOK
Chairman Trinh Van Quyet of FLC Group, which plans to launch new Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways. Myanmar Airways International, one of seven carriers in Myanmar, where the market is hit by overcapacity. Cambodia Airways is one of the newest airlin
Chairman Trinh Van Quyet of FLC Group, which plans to launch new Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Chairman Trinh Van Quyet of FLC Group, which plans to launch new Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways. Myanmar Airways International, one of seven carriers in Myanmar, where the market is hit by overcapacity. Cambodia Airways is one of the newest airlin
Myanmar Airways International, one of seven carriers in Myanmar, where the market is hit by overcapacity. PHOTO: MYANMAR AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL/FACEBOOK

Race to cash in on Chinese travel boom sparks overcapacity concern

Ms Molyka Rom took a flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap earlier this month for about half the usual price, with a spanking new airline called Cambodia Airways.

The carrier, which also flies to the Chinese special administrative region of Macau, is one of the newest airlines among the nine in Cambodia's fast-expanding aviation sector popular with investors from China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'More carriers crowd Vietnam, Cambodia skies'. Print Edition | Subscribe