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Phnom Penh International Airport

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Elevation AMSL
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Phnom Penh International Airport

Cambodia Airport Management Services

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12000,, Angkor Phnom Penh St, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport (IATA: PNH, ICAO: VDPP) (Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិភ្នំពេញ French: Aéroport International de Phnom Penh), is the largest airport in Cambodia containing land area of 400 hectares. It is located 10 kilometres (5.4 NM) west of Phnom Penh, the nation's capital.


Phnom penh international airport phnom penh cambodia 1th december 2015


Phnom Penh airport's former name was Pochentong International Airport (Khmer: អាកាសយានដ្ឋានអន្តរជាតិពោធិ៍ចិនតុង).

On 6 July 1995, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) signed a concession agreement with the French–Malaysian joint venture company Société Concessionaire d'Aéroport (SCA), to operate Phnom Penh (PNH) – Pochentong International Airport. In return for a 20-year concession, SCA—70 percent owned by Groupe GTM and 30 percent by Muhibbah Masterron of Malaysia—committed to a $100 million improvement program that includes the construction of a new runway, terminal and cargo buildings, hangars, installation of a Cat III level Instrument Landing System (ILS) and associated approach lighting.

The Berger Group was selected by the RGC to provide independent engineering services during the concession, to audit the design and to advise on the practicality and cost of the concession's proposed improvements. The Berger team also supervised the initial works to accommodate widebody aircraft such as 747s, including asphalt concrete runway overlays; installation of new ILS, metrological equipment, runway lighting and generator and power systems; and construction of a new fire station, taxiway and turn-pad extensions.

Following the successful completion of the initial works, the Berger team provided design review and independent engineering services for the construction of a new 20,000-square-metre (220,000 sq ft) terminal building to accommodate growing tourist traffic. The $20 million terminal building includes five mobile aerobridges, over 1000 auto parking spaces and VIP and CIP facilities.

The airport also has a Dairy Queen inside. It is one of the first international franchises that have opened up in Cambodia. Also, the first Starbucks Coffee, in Cambodia, has also just been opened in the new terminal.


The airport is at an elevation of 40 feet (12 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 50 metres (9,840 ft × 160 ft).

The airport has two terminal buildings – one for international and one for domestic operations. Recently, it added a new facility for VIP service. The international terminal has 5 airbridges built in 2003. The airport's design capacity is 2 million persons per year.


  • Length: 3,000 metres (9,800 ft)
  • Width: 50 metres (160 ft)
  • Orientation: 50° – 225° (QFU 05 – 23)
  • Pavement structure: bituminous overlay on a concrete base
  • Perpendicular taxiways (30 metres or 98 feet wide plus shoulders 5 metres or 16 feet wide each): 5
  • Peak hour capacity: 20 movements (taxiways)
  • Number of stands: 20
  • Concrete area: 50,000 square metres (540,000 sq ft), 10 stands
  • Asphalt area: 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft), 10 stands
  • Total area: 70,000 square metres (750,000 sq ft)
  • Navigation aids and visual aids:
  • ILS
  • Meteo
  • Future development

    Cambodia Airports group plan to extend the Phnom Penh international airport passenger terminal building and increase the capacity of passenger visits and transit through this destination up to 3 million per year in the future. The construction started in 2013 and is expected to finish by 2017.


    25 airlines are served by Phnom Penh International Airport with 20 destinations.

    International terminal profile

  • Total capacity: 2 million passengers
  • Surface: 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft)
  • Waiting lounges: 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft)
  • VIP Lounge: 500 square metres (5,400 sq ft)
  • Food & Beverage: 500 square metres (5,400 sq ft)
  • Duty Free: 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft)
  • Seat capacity: 500
  • Check-in counters: 20
  • Visa, Immigration and Customs counters: 20
  • Number of gates: 5 with airbridges, 10 with bus access
  • Baggage conveyors: 5 (International)
  • Car parking: 500
  • Domestic terminal profile

    Departure side

  • Handling capacity Domestic Departures Terminal: 1000 passengers per hour.
  • Floor surface
  • Boarding gates
  • Arrival side (open space concept)

  • Floor surface
  • Garden
  • Total capacity: 1 million passengers/year
  • Accidents and incidents

  • On 3 December 1973, Douglas DC-3 XW-PHV of Air Union was reported to have crashed shortly after take-off.
  • On 19 January 1975, Douglas C-47A XU-HAK, Douglas DC-3 XU-KAL of Khmer Hansa and Douglas C-47A N86AC of South East Asia Air Transport were all destroyed in a rocket attack on the airport.
  • On 22 February 1975, Douglas C-47A XU-GAJ of Khmer Hansa was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.
  • On 10 March 1975, a Douglas DC-3 of Samaki Airlines was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.
  • On 11 March 1975, a Douglas DC-3 of Khmer Hansa was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.
  • In March 1975, Vickers Viscount XW-TDN of Royal Air Lao crashed at Phnom Penh International Airport. The pilot was not qualified to fly the aircraft. All four people on board were killed. Accident aircraft also reported as XW-TFK with a date of 15 March.
  • On 11 April 1975, a Douglas DC-3 (possibly XW-PKT) of Sorya Airlines was hit by shrapnel shortly after take-off. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and two of the three occupants were killed. The same day, Douglas C-47B XW-TFB of Air Cambodge was damaged beyond economic repair in a rocket attack.
  • 3 September 1997: Vietnam Airlines Flight 815, operated by a Tupolev Tu-134 crashed on approach to Pochentong Airport, killing 65 of the 66 passengers on board. The aircraft was entirely destroyed. The aircraft was flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. The Tupolev was approaching the Phnom Penh airport runway in heavy rain from 2,000 meters; at this point the control tower ordered the pilot to attempt an approach from the west due to a wind pick-up. The crew then lost communication with the tower, and three minutes later the aircraft collided at low level with trees, damaging the left wing. The aircraft then slid 200 yards into a dry rice paddy before exploding. Pilot error was later identified as the cause of the crash; the pilot continued his landing descent from an altitude of 2,000 meters to 30 meters even though the runway was not in sight, and ignored pleas from his first officer and flight engineer to turn back. When the aircraft hit the trees, the pilot finally realized the runway was not in sight and tried to abort the approach; the flight engineer pushed for full power, but the aircraft lost control and veered left; the right engine then stalled, making it impossible to gain lift.
  • References

    Phnom Penh International Airport Wikipedia

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