European Nations Charter Flights for Citizens Stranded in Cambodia

Special flights chartered by the Swiss and French governments to help citizens stranded due to the coronavirus crisis are leaving from Phnom Penh International Airport, with some embassy officials saying that the flights would likely be the last to head back to Europe from Cambodia for the foreseeable future.

Secretariat of Civil Aviation secretary of state Chea Aun said an Airbus A340 chartered by Switzerland’s government left Phnom Penh at about 8 a.m. on Friday. He said the plane had a capacity of between 400 and 500 people but he did not know how many people were on board when the plane departed.

Cambodia Airports public relations director Khek Norinda said he believed 182 passengers were on board on Swiss charter flight but did not know for sure. A Facebook page belonging to Thongsin Noreak Seung, an aircraft engineer at the Phnom Penh airport, also said that 182 passengers had been on board.

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