Angel Seeks Siem Reap Flights

Thailand’s new national airline has its eyes on the coveted Bang­kok to Siem Reap route, the Bang­kok Post reported Tuesday.

Angel Airlines, which started operations Sept 20, wants to ex­pand its service to Cambodia, as well as to Luang Prabang in Laos, and the Burmese city of Man­dalay, the report stated.

Cambodia civil aviation officials said Tuesday that the airline had not yet applied for rights to fly to Siem Reap. Keo Savorn, director of operations at the State Secre­ta­riat of Civil Aviation, said he had heard the carrier wants to fly char­­ters, not regularly scheduled flights.

“For me, I think one or two char­ter flights a year would be OK,” he said.

The government opened up the Bangkok-Siem Reap route last year to give Cambodia’s be­leaguered tourism industry a boost. Currently, only Bangkok Air­ways has the rights to fly daily charters between Bangkok and Siem Reap. Other airlines, including Royal Air Cambodge, have ex­pressed interest in the route.

Angel Airlines began operations last month and flies to Sin­gapore as well as several domestic destinations such as Phuket, Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.

The Thai carrier was set up to provide service on domestic and regional routes where Thai Air­ways International does not operate, according to the Post.



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