PHNOM PENH, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian low-cost airline, AirAsia, opened regular flights between Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur and Cambodia's Sihanoukville on Wednesday, a Cambodia Airports' press release said.
"The new connection demonstrates an increasing awareness of Cambodia's diversified tourism offers and, in particular, a surging demand for the country's beach spots," the release said.
A water cannon salute greeted the opening route of AirAsia with a full flight of 180 passengers on board after the aircraft landed at the Sihanoukville international airport, it said.
The new service operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, it said.
Spencer Lee, commercial director for AirAsia Berhad, said the airline decided to extend its wing to Sihanoukville because the coastal city presented great potential and dynamic opportunities in terms of tourism, trade and economy.
"With Sihanoukville added into our extensive network map of over 120 destinations, we hope to grow this city to be a popular tourist destination that enables travelers from the region to experience a hidden side of ASEAN that has yet to be discovered," he said.
Sihanoukville international airport is one of the three airports in Cambodia. Last year, the Sihanoukville international airport received 150,000 passengers, the press release said. Enditem