AirAsia Restarts Phnom Penh Flights

Services to the Cambodian capital are scheduled on a weekly basis, but the budget airline aims to go daily by the end of March.

Dusk falls over the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial in Phnom Penh. (Photo: SCREEN POST/Unsplash)

AirAsia’s inaugural resumption flight from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh took off yesterday with an Airbus A320, ending an extended hiatus on the route for the low-cost carrier. Riad Asmat, AirAsia Malaysia’s CEO, said in a statement, “Phnom Penh has always been a very popular leisure destination for AirAsia in the past, and we are excited to launch the inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur after almost two years.” He added that the overwhelming response signaled pent-up demand for international leisure travel, and said AirAsia was expecting a strong rebound as international restrictions continue to ease.

Initially, flights to Phnom Penh will be operated only on Sundays, with Flight AK 538 departing Kuala Lumpur at 12:40 p.m. and arriving in the Cambodian capital at 1:35 p.m. local time, after an hour and 55 minutes in the air. The return service, Flight AK 539, will then take off from Phnom Penh at 2:25 p.m. and land back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 5:25 p.m., making it a two-hour flight.

Prices for tickets to Phnom Penh start from just RM 194 (roughly US$46) one-way for travel until March 23, 2022, and the special offer is bookable through the Flights icon on the AirAsia Super App. Travelers can also secure combined flight and hotel deals with discounts of up to 30 percent off through the SNAP icon on the Super App. AirAsia plans to add an additional return service on Wednesdays at the beginning of March, and according to its online schedules, the airline will then ramp up the frequency to daily from the final week of that month.

Cambodia reopened its borders in mid-November, promising quarantine-free access to fully vaccinated international travelers. Apart from showing a negative result from a PCR test conducted less than 72 hours prior to arrival, incoming visitors and returning residents alike will also need to take a rapid antigen test (at no extra cost) after landing at Phnom Penh airport. Having Covid-19 health insurance is not mandatory but “encouraged,” with Cambodian authorities putting forward the locally based Forte Insurance Company as a recognized provider.

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