The Cambodian National Assembly has approved a draft law that will open up the kingdom’s air space.

Cambodia Ushers in Open Skies

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The Cambodian National Assembly has approved a draft law that will open up the kingdom’s air space, according to the Phnom Penh Post. The fifth freedom of the air is a commercial aviation right that allows airlines to stopover in Cambodia on scheduled flights between two destinations.

Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesperson for the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) said the fifth freedom will “improve air connectivity, increase air traffic and lead to better service quality”.

“This will help us to open new markets and attract airline companies, encouraging them to fly to our country,” he added.

Other commentators have expressed optimism that the change in law will benefit both the aviation sector and the wider economy.

The fifth freedom was introduced as part of the ASEAN Open Skies policy, a set of multilateral agreements to liberalise airfreight and passenger services with the aim of promoting the growth of aviation and tourism in the region.

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