ANA to open Narita-Phnom Penh route in September


All Nippon Airways is ready to launch direct services linking Narita International Airport Tokyo and the capital of Cambodia on Sept. 1.

ANA hopes that the direct flights to Phnom Penh will attract strong demand mainly from business users as an increasing number of Japanese companies are seen expanding into the rapidly growing Southeast Asian nation, sources said Monday.

Japan’s biggest carrier plans to offer seven round-trip flights a week using the Boeing 787-8 midsize jet, the sources said.

There are currently no direct flight services connecting the Tokyo area with Phnom Penh, and travelers need to transit at such cities as Seoul.

The ANA flights from Narita will depart in the morning and arrive at Phnom Penh in the afternoon of the same day. The return flights will take off from Phnom Penh at night and land at Narita the following morning, the sources said.

ANA also foresees steady demand from Japanese tourists visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex, a World Heritage site, and other sightseeing spots in Cambodia, while expecting that the number of visitors from Cambodia to Japan to increase in the future, the sources said.