Farmers Displaced by Planned Phnom Penh Airport Seek Better Deal

About 50 villagers who say their farmland falls within the planned site of the new Phnom Penh International Airport submitted a petition at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Takhmao City residence on Tuesday to ask for a bigger payout from the airport’s developer.

The $1.5 billion airport, developed by the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC), will be built on 2,600 hectares in Kandal province, with first-phase construction to accommodate 13 million visitors and be completed in 2023, according to website Construction & Property, which is run by the Cambodia Constructors Association. The association’s chairperson, tycoon Pung Khiev Se, also chairs OCIC.

The website reported last month that the first phase of construction was 30 percent complete, with the second phase set to be finished by 2030 and third by 2050. The airport is expected to eventually host 50 million tourists annually and become the ninth-largest airport globally, just behind Chicago O’Hare International Airport in the U.S., Construction & Property said.

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