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Cambodia imposes flight ban on Siem Reap Airways

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian government has slapped a temporary flight ban on domestic carrier Siem Reap Airways amid concerns over its safety standard, local newspaper reported on November 26.

“The government has decided to stop flights temporarily and replace them with flights from its parent company, Bangkok Airways,” Chea Aun, Director General of the State Secretariat for Civil Aviation, was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying.

He noted that air service was needed to cater for foreigners, diplomats and tourists, and that the length of the ban would depend on the company’s response to questions about its safety record.

Siem Reap Airways issued a statement to travel agents on November 20, announcing the airline’s suspension of service and assuring all travelers that their reservations would be honored.

It added that all previously scheduled flights with Siem Reap Airways would be picked up by Bangkok Airways, which would accept all tickets issued for the banned carrier.

Bangkok Airways would operate four daily flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap according to normal flight schedules and beginning on November 22, effectively the start date of the temporary ban, the statement said.-

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