On 16 March 2016, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia inaugurated the Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airport expansions at an official ceremony held at Phnom Penh International Airport.
These expansion projects, carried out within the framework of the concession held by VINCI Airports, the VINCI Group’s airport subsidiary, in partnership with Muhibbah, double the capacity of the two airports from 5 to 10 million passengers per year. The investments, amounting to more than $100 million in the 2013-2016 period, are designed to enable the airports to accommodate substantial air traffic growth: over the past 20 years, the number of passengers has increased 10-fold, driven by the country’s very dynamic economy and tourism sector.
Developing new destinations and services
To continue to expand traffic, VINCI Airports works to promote new destinations, notably in India and the Philippines. To better serve its growing business traveller clientele, VINCI Airports opened a 1,400 m2 business lounge at the Phnom Penh airport. It is run according to the standards of Asia’s best airports.
Works in occupied premises
VINCI Construction Grands Projets, the Group subsidiary dedicated to major structures, initiated the expansion works in 2013 and carried them out in the terminals, which remained open throughout the project, without disrupting their operation. The projects also used state-of-the-art BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology to improve safety performance and construction schedule compliance.
The architecture of the Phnom Penh airport is a fairly classical example of modern capital city design, but the Siem Reap airport, near the Angkor temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, takes inspiration from Cambodian tradition.
VINCI’s positive impact in Cambodia
VINCI is committed to corporate social responsibility in Cambodia.
VINCI Airports is a longstanding partner of Artisans d’Angkor, a company set up to perpetuate and foster the development of traditional Khmer crafts, which supplied the decorations for the new airport terminals. The airport operator also works to help preserve the local heritage by supporting the programme of archaeological excavations carried out at the site of the Siem Reap airport near the Angkor temples.
On the airport expansion projects, workers were recruited and trained locally.
Airport development, at the heart of the Group’s strategy
The inauguration of the Cambodian airport extensions is an example of the Group’s stepped-up focus on airport development: since the acquisition of the Portuguese ANA airports in 2013, VINCI Airports won the concession contract for the international airport in Santiago de Chile, in partnership with ADP. More recently, the company acquired 6 airports in the Dominican Republic. On 1 April 2016, VINCI Airports, in partnership with Japans’ Orix Group, will become the official operator of two Kansai regional airports, including the Osaka airport (totalling 38 million passengers in 2015). On that date, the total traffic managed by VINCI Airports will amount to more than 100 million passengers per year.Read more