Siem Reap Airport
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Siem Reap International Airport, also known as Angkor International Airport, serves the city of Siem Reap in north-west Cambodia. The airport is the second-busiest in the country after Phnom Penh International and is managed by Cambodia Airport Management Services. Siem Reap International is the main airport handling traffic to Cambodia's most popular tourist destination, Angkor Wat, and is served by airlines from across Southeast Asia.
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Cambodia’s aviation market grew by 13% in 2014, the fastest rate in Southeast Asia, driven by a surge in traffic from China. Cambodia has now experienced double digit passenger growth for five consecutive years, an impressive but little known achievement.
Passenger traffic across Cambodia’s three airports increased by 13% to 5.7 million in 2014 as Siem Reap surpassed the 3 million mark for the first time. The growth rate slowed from 18% in 2013 but outpaced other Southeast Asian markets as the Cambodian tourism sector seemed to benefit from turmoil among its neighbouring destinations. Tourist arrivals at Cambodia’s two international airports were up by about 13%, driven by an over 20% increase in arrivals from China.
This is the first in a two-part series of analysis reports on the Cambodian market. This report will look at the overall market and expansion by foreign carriers. The second report will look at the surge in start-up activity in the Cambodian airline sector, which should drive further passenger traffic growth in 2015.
VietJet Air is planning further expansion of its international network with Cambodia and Russia slated to become its fourth and fifth overseas markets. Vietnam’s leading low-cost carrier is also looking at launching a connection product which will enable it to compete in the broader Russia-Southeast Asia and North Asia-Southeast Asia markets.
Russia will initially be served using VietJet’s rapidly growing A320 fleet to access the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok. But VietJet has big ambitions for the Russian market using its anticipated future fleet of A330s.
The LCC sees huge potential in Russia as it is a large and fast growing source market for Vietnam’s emerging tourism industry. VietJet’s parent company also has Russian roots, which should make it easier from an access and local sales perspective.
Cambodia’s aviation market continued to grow rapidly in 1H2014 despite political instability in neighbouring Thailand and weaker demand from its largest source market, Vietnam. But Cambodia has been able to take advantage of the turmoil in Thailand and the sudden unpopularity of Malaysia by successfully marketing itself as an alternative destination to Chinese tourists. With Cambodia's liberal airline policy, investors are using the opportunity to establish locally in order to serve the China market from the other end of the route.
Visitor numbers from China are up about 20% so far this year, making Cambodia an exception to the overall slowdown in China-Southeast Asia tourist traffic. The Cambodia-China market is expected to continue booming in 2H2014 as more flights are launched, including new charter flights operated by at least two Cambodian start-ups backed by Chinese investors.
The total Cambodian aviation market grew by about 10% in 1H2014 with both of the country’s main airports, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, recording similar growth. The growth rate represents a slowdown from 2012 and 2013 but is impressive given other Southeast Asian markets have seen bigger slowdowns so far this year, and in some cases contractions.
Phu Quoc in southwest Vietnam continues to see a surge in capacity as the island emerges as a popular tourist destination. Phu Quoc now has Vietnam’s fifth largest airport, having risen four places since a new airport opened in late 2012.
Phu Quoc seat capacity has more than doubled over the past two years, driven by the launch of services from Vietnam’s two LCCs, VietJet Air and Jetstar Pacific, and expansion from flag carrier Vietnam Airlines. Phu Quoc is poised for further rapid growth in 4Q2014 as it becomes the sixth Vietnamese airport with international services, as Vietnam Airlines launches flights to Singapore and Cambodia’s Siem Reap.
Phu Quoc International Airport is well placed to attract more new services, including potentially scheduled flights from foreign carriers. It is already served by a limited number of international charter services.
There can be too much of a good thing, even precious slots at China's major airports. Kunming released new slots simultaneously, sparking a market share battle. Kunming's largest carrier, China Eastern Airlines, is increasing frequencies by 37% and seat capacity by 47% in the peak summer period in 2014 compared to 2012. China Eastern has broadly been able to maintain market share, with only a 1ppt decrease, but this has come at the cost of declining yields.
China Eastern undertook rapid growth in the Kunming-Southeast Asia market and saw international yields decline by 9%, largely due to the Kunming expansion. Kunming is becoming a more important part of China Eastern's hub strategy as it uses Kunming's southern geography as a hub for South and Southeast Asian flights. This is allowing China Eastern to alleviate growth pressure at its slot constrained Shanghai hubs; North Asia and regional Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan services are growing faster out of Shanghai than Southeast Asian flights from Shanghai. China Eastern now has more capacity to Chiang Mai from Kunming than it does from Shanghai.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has shelved its planned affiliate in Cambodia nine months after signing a joint venture agreement with a local partner to launch Cambodia Airlines.
Cambodia Airlines was intending to compete in Cambodia’s tiny domestic market, which is now only served by Cambodia Angkor Air, and the country’s fast-growing international market starting with a new link to PAL’s hub in Manila. But its launch, originally planned for mid-2013, was repeatedly delayed as the PAL Group and parent San Miguel re-examined the viability of the project.
The deferral and likely abandonment of the project makes sense as establishing a new carrier in Cambodia would be a risky proposition. The Cambodian market is growing rapidly but is unlikely to support a second full-service carrier. For PAL the group has a lot on its plate and does not need the distraction of an overseas venture.