AirAsia Aviation Group Limited (AAAGL), the aviation arm of Capital A Berhad, has signed a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Sivilai Asia to establish AirAsia Cambodia, a new low cost airline in the Kingdom of Wonder.
The new airline will further cement AirAsia’s brand in Cambodia and Indochina, providing AirAsia with greater access to its domestic market and most importantly connecting it to the international markets across Asean, North Asia and beyond. This new airline will allow AAAGL to operate to the various existing markets where it already has presence and operations to build scale, network connectivity and further reduce the cost of operations. AirAsia Cambodia aims to further stimulate the Cambodian aviation and tourism industries, launch exciting new destinations, create jobs and bring a true low cost operation to the country.
The JV was signed by Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A and Vissoth Nam, Director of Sivilai Asia at Rosewood Phnom Penh today. The signing was witnessed and presided over by His Excellency Dr. Mao Havannal, Minister in Charge of State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AAAGL; Subashini Silvadas, CEO of AirAsia Consulting; as well as several key government and industry partners.
Subject to obtaining the relevant regulatory approvals, the JV is expected to commence operations in late 2023.
AAAGL operates five routes to Cambodia from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, from Penang to Phnom Penh (starting 23 January 2023) as well as from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Since entering the Cambodian market in 2005, AirAsia has carried over 10 million guests to and from Cambodia.