Asia’s largest budget airline AirAsia, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, plans to open a subsidiary company in Cambodia to handle an anticipated increase in the number of passengers travelling to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville from Malaysia. The subsidiary, said the Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol yesterday, would be named AirAsia Cambodia.
“The purpose of forming AirAsia Cambodia was brought up by AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen last week at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Asean,” said Mr Chanthol. “Mr Fernandes told the prime minister that AirAsia Cambodia, as AirAsia’s new subsidiary company, would be needed to handle an increasing number of air travelers from Malaysia to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville,” he added.
“The prime minister, in turn, replied that he was behind Mr Fernandes’s decision 100 percent.” Mr Chanthol said AirAsia’s decision to start a new subsidiary company in Cambodia reflected the aviation industry’s confidence in the country’s open skies policy.